I Want to Go Road Racing
Road Racing is the top rung of the SCCA competition ladder. It also requires the highest level of time, resources, and funding. Drivers provide their own car, crew, transportation, lodging, etc… the SCCA organizes and officiates the events.
Are you ready to take that step from watching road racing to getting behind the wheel? SCCA has produced more road racers than anyone, so you’re in good hands.
These are step-by-step instructions and guidance which will help you obtain an SCCA Competition License. If, upon reading this guide, you have questions or special requests contact our Novice Licensing Administrator.
Joining the SCCA has never been easier, simply click here (or following the link in the upper right corner).
Next, you’ll need to go visit your doctor for a sports physical. You can download that form, as well as the Novice Permit form. If you are 14-18 years old and want to drive competitively or work in a hot area, you’ll need to complete one of the Minor Waiver forms. These are available for download, or you can contact SCCA to have one mailed to you. If you are under 21 and live in Alabama, Nebraska, or Wyoming, you will also need to complete one of the Minor Waiver forms.
NOTE: All waiver forms must be printed in COLOR.
- A current Physical Examination* dated no more than six months prior to application.
- Two passport size photos.
- A photocopy of both sides of your Motor Vehicle Operators license
- 14 - 17 years old:
- a. A completed Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement form (original only, photo copies not accepted). *NOTE: All waiver forms must be printed in color.
- b. A completed Minor's Assumption of Risk Acknowledgment form (original only, photo copies not accepted). *NOTE: Must be printed in color.
- If you are 18-21 years of age and live in Alabama, Nebraska, or Wyoming, a notarized Minor Waiver Release form. *NOTE: Must be printed in color.
- Novice Permit fee. Ask Novice Licensing Administrator for details -or- contact the Member Services Department at 800-770-2055.
Upon registration (or receipt of your event entry packet), read all the information provided. Most importantly, note the rules and regulations specific to the event and the race track. Complete your entry form in its entirety and return it to the person listed. Make absolutely certain your personal driving equipment, (i.e., Helmet, Driving Suit, Gloves/Shoes, etc.) is in good order, and that your car is race-ready before the first on-track sessions. Be punctual for your classroom sessions. These are mandatory.
Make every effort to have a qualified mechanic on hand to ensure your car runs properly, as you successfully must complete all the on-track sessions in order to get credit for the school.
Upon completion of one (1) Driver School and three (3) additional race weekends (you’re still a Novice for your first three), you are eligible to receive an SCCA Full Competition License. You have two years from the date of issue to complete the Novice requirements. Once the requirements are met, send your completed Novice Permit, signed off by the event Chief Steward at your third race; a copy of your Physical Exam;Competition License Application and $100 to the Member Service Department.
You will soon be the proud owner of a Full Competition License.
Accredited Racing Schools
If it’s road racing you are interested in, and you attended (or are planning to) an Accredited Professional Racing School ,you will most likely have to attend one SCCA approved Driver Schools.
Note: While the SCCA Driver Schools and private racing schools have similar names, they are somewhat different in scope. A primary goal of an SCCA Drivers School is to teach novices how to race safely and expose them to racing in the SCCA.
Previous Racing Experience
If you have previous racing experience, depending upon that experience, some or all of your licensing requirements may be waived by the Chief Steward of your SCCA Driver School or by our Novice Licensing Administrator.
An example: A driver who previously held an SCCA license but has not raced for a few years. Depending on this individual’s previous racing record and the length of the layoff, it’s possible the Novice Licensing Administrator may waive the driver back to a Full Competition license. Or, the Administrator may require a “retread” to complete a Drivers School or a private racing school before a waiver will be considered. If you have previous racing experience and would like a waiver, document your experience and present your request to our Novice Licensing Administrator.