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UK-EU Transition

References to EU regulation or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate description of your obligations or rights under UK law.

As of 1 April 2021, a new licence application process became available to EASA licence holders, whose date of initial licence issue was before  31 December 2020, to gain a UK Part FCL licence off the back of their EASA licence. This process is also applicable to EASA licenced pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence issued after 1 Jan 2021.

This process will remain in place until 31 December 2022, and allows for a pilot to hold the UK Part-FCL at the same time as a Part-FCL issued by an EASA member state.

Operating UK-registered aircraft on an EASA licence

For holders of an EASA licence seeking to continue operating UK-registered aircraft, you will require a validation from the UK CAA.

For EASA licences held or those which were in the process of being transferred by 31 December 2020, pilots can validate their licences for use in the UK for up to two years.

Download the general validation document for EU pilots (CAP 2017)

At the end of the two-year period, holders will require a UK licence to fly G-Reg aircraft in the UK.

See our UK-EU transition microsite for more information.

Eligibilty for application

All applications for the conversion of an EU licence to a UK Part-FCL must be submitted by 31 December 2022. No consideration will be given to any application submitted beyond this deadline. 

The UK CAA recommends that applications are submitted at the pilot’s earliest convenience to reduce the risk of any potential interruption to privilege or ability to operate a UK registered aircraft from 1 January 2023.

Licence holders who fit the below criteria can apply for a UK PART-FCL licence using this application route:

  • All EASA licence holders whose licence date of initial licence was issued before 31 December 2020;
  • EASA licence Pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a UK issued Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL before 1 January 2021 and have not had a licence issued at a higher level since 1 January 2021

Licence holders who fall into the below criteria cannot use this route and must instead email FCLweb@caa.co.uk (subject heading ‘Attention Tech: EU Conversion’) for further advice:

  • pilots, instructors and examiners who previously held a licence with the UK CAA and have had an EASA licence issued at a higher level since 1 January 2021
  • EASA licence holders whose licence was issued after 31 December 2020

Previous UK Licence Holders

The CAA understands that there are a number of pilots who transferred their licences to an EASA Member State before 31 December 2020, however their EASA Flight Crew Licence has been issued after 1 January 2021. 

The following will apply in these instances

  • Pilots that already have their EASA Flight Crew Licence issued, can apply using this process,
  • Pilots that are midway through the transfer will also be able to follow the process below, to obtain a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, once their EASA Flight Crew Licence has been issued. 

To allow these pilots to continue operating UK-registered aircraft, the CAA issued an exemption to the general validation to grant pilots who obtain their EASA licence between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 the ability to do so.

This exemption, ORS4 No. 1453 will expire on 31 December 2021 and will not be extended.

An individual exemption may be applied for where there are unforeseen or urgent operational circumstances, and this can be applied for using form SRG2137.

Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Medical requirements

Before we can issue a UK Part-FCL licence, the pilot must hold a UK PART-MED medical certificate with medical records  held on the United Kingdom CAA Medical Records System. We are unable to accept EASA medical certificates.

Applying for a UK medical certificate if you have SOLI transferred from the UK 

How to apply

Applications can be submitted using our online application form or via e-licensing for those eligible to use this system. Guidance for both routes, and eligibility, is detailed below.

Applicants for a UK National licence, wishing to operate non-Part 21 aircraft, are required to submit their request in writing by e-mail to fclweb@caa.co.uk (Subject heading: “National licence”).

e-Licensing

Applicants who have previously applied for a privilege via e-Licensing when they held a UK issued Part-FCL(A) and/or Part-FCL(H) licence that was transferred to an EASA member state which issued their Part-FCL licence certificate prior to the EASA-UK transition period on 31 December 2020 should submit their application via this system otherwise their application may be delayed or cancelled.

We strongly recommend all commercial pilots who are eligible apply via this route.

The form can be accessed via the Licence Products section in your account by clicking 'Apply for a New Licence Product' and selecting 'EU UK Part-FCL and H: EU to UK Part-FCL' .

The following documents are required to be uploaded to support the application:

  • A certified copy of your passport
  • A copy of your Non-UK Part-FCL licence (not your old UK EASA licence)

How to get copies of your documents certified.

Please note: e-Licensing is currently unavailable to holders of private pilot licences and examiner certificates.

Unfortunately, this route is also not available to pilots that have never held a UK issued Flight Crew Licence or to previous UK licence holders that hold an Instructor and/or Examiners licensing certificate in addition to your flight crew licence.

Should you be in these categories, please apply using the online application form.

The video below includes the following guidance:

(Please note these links will open in a new window)

Eligibility 00:13
Documentation 01:41
Filling in the application form 03:47
The application assessment process 06:57
Contact details 08:54

Application forms

Application form SRG 1217

Close e-Licensing

Online application form

Applicants unable to submit their application via the e-Licensing system must use our Online Application form (SRG2158). If you are eligible to use the e-Licensing system, you must do so to avoid your application being delayed or cancelled.

Applicants selecting this application method are required to upload the following documents to support the application:

  • A certified copy of your passport
  • A copy of your EASA non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence (not your old UK EASA licence)
  • A copy of your non-UK EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Examiner/Instructor certificate (if applicable)

How to get copies of your documents certified.

Special guidance for 'Current & expired Examiners / Instructors privileges' section on the Online form

'Type endorsed' is the type you hold the certificate for, e.g. SEP/MEP

'Privileges' field requires the privileges as per Part-FCL and shown on page 4 of your licence, e.g. FCL.1005.FE applies, (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3).

The video below includes the following guidance:

Eligibility 00:14
Documentation 01:14
Filling in the application form 03:29
The application assessment process 06:47
Contact details 09:36

Application forms and additional guidance

Application form SRG 1217
Application form SRG 2158
Guidance on EU UK examiner and instructor privilege conversion

Close Online application form

The fee

An administration fee is payable for verifying your licensing privileges with the issuing authority of your non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, in addition to the relevant licence/certificate fee.

Please see our Licensing fees and costs (full details are available in Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing)).

An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.

Making sure your documents are safely returned.

Processing time

Once the CAA is in receipt of your application, this will be added to the workflow and processed in strict date order. Due to the nature of this application process, in conjunction with the two-year recognition period, it will not be bound by our standard SLA.

Following the initial assessment, a request will be sent to your EU NAA for verification of the EASA Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, and for confirmation of any current enforcement or revocation action.

Only once we are in receipt of the verification, and your UK medical has been issued, a UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL will be issued.

As this application requires that your EASA licence details are verified by the EU NAA that issued your non-UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence, we are reliant on the cooperation and turnaround of the other authority.

EU-UK examiner and instructor privilege conversion

Guidance for examiners and instructors applying for a UK Part-FCL

Conversion of National and Restricted Ratings

The UK CAA is unable to convert any National Ratings held on Non-UK EU Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licences. Additionally, we cannot issue ratings that are restricted to specific countries or airlines, and these will not be endorsed on the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL.

What will be issued on the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL Licence

All privileges endorsed on your licence at the time of transfer from the UK will be endorsed onto the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL licence.

Any additional privileges from the EU Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL will also be endorsed onto the UK Part-FCL/BFCL/SFCL, excluding any National or Restricted Ratings.

Any valid ratings will be annotated on the certificate of revalidation, with any expired ratings being removed to the back of the licence.
Where a rating is revalidated, renewed or otherwise amended during the processing of your application, please ensure that any one of the following are provided to the UK CAA to ensure this is reflected onto the UK Part-FCL:

  • Certified copy of the EASA Part-FCL
  • Examiner Report form(s) for the rating amendment
  • Updated verification from EU NAA

How to upload documents correctly

All documents should be uploaded with a different filename clearly stating the content of the file attachment for example Passport, Licence copy etc.

Submitting documents with the same filename may result in the loss of information in the system and added delays to the application assessment.

Contact us

Applicants are now able to receive an automated update on the status of your application, and you can do so by sending an email to application.status@caa.co.uk. In the subject line, please type the word RTN and in the main body of the email please type your licence reference number. Please remove all other text from the email before sending.

If you have any questions please contact our licensing team, preferably via email:


Flight crew: Email fclweb@caa.co.uk

Instructors: Email instructors@caa.co.uk

Examiners: Email examiners@caa.co.uk


Phone 0330 022 1972 (Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30)

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