If you are taking part in an event which is competitive, that is competing against others, or is timed, or against challenging conditions (when the outcome is published and awards given) you will require a competition licence. These are available from any one of the 11 Government Authorised Governing Bodies (of which the IOPD is one of these Authorising Governing Bodies).
An Annual competition Licence (priced at £20.00) covers the rider/ driver for taking part in any IOPD recognised event for 365 days of the year. It is a coloured plastic card, credit size, showing the year it is valid for, date of issue and your name and signature as a declaration. One Day Competition licences (priced at £10.00) as the name suggests covers the rider/driver for an event on one specific day.
Click below for an Application Form for a Licence. Please note there is NO INSURANCE COVER with any IOPD Licence. If this is required, the rider/ driver needs to obtain this for themselves from an Insurance Provider who covers Auto Sport activities.
You can now apply online for an annual licence:
Annual Licence Application
Licences can also be obtained from many Event Organisers who include the cost of the licence in with the affiliation fees/ championship entry fees. Often Insurance is provided in these costs.
When Organisers or clubs sell licences on behalf of the IOPD, the IOPD makes a donation back to help them with some of their costs e.g., admin costs, trophies etc. Simply speak to the IOPD to see how we can help you.
The purpose of an Authorised Competition Licence is to accredit a driver/rider to train or compete with specific skills and experience in vehicle handling under extreme or racing conditions and at speeds beyond the national speed limit.
Providing the Event/Venue has an Authorisation Permit in place an IOPD licence provides drivers or riders with a defence when:
- Driving or riding a vehicle that is not road legal at a venue in a public place.
- Breaking the speed limit at a venue in a public place.
- Racing or practising at such an event which when not authorised would be deemed unlawful.
- Riding or driving furiously, dangerously, inconsiderately and annoyingly.
- Losing control of the vehicle.
Authorised Competition Licence Holders have status as a member of an elite disciplined ‘class of society’ (a legal term). It may permit the holder to overtake on the inside, ride or drive furiously and ‘show off’ that person’s skills and ability at controlling a mechanically propelled vehicle ‘on the edge’ of losing control at an authorised off-highway venue. None of these actions are permitted by the DVLA licence or the Road Traffic Act without authorisation. And yes, believe it or not the current Road Traffic Act is now in force everywhere including circuits, tracks, fields, forests, airfields and beaches.