FIVA ID Card Applications & Guidelines


FIVA International identity card

FIVA defines a historic vehicle as a mechanically propelled road vehicle:

  • which is at least 30 years old
  • which is preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition
  • which is not used as a means of daily transport
  • and which is therefore a part of our technical and cultural heritage

Procedure for vehicles in countries with FIVA representation

In accordance with the Technical Code of the FIVA the application form (appendix A of the FIVA Technical Code) must be submitted to the ANF (Autorité National FIVA/National FIVA Authority) of the country where the vehicle has a current registration (if the vehicle is not road registered to the ANF of the country where the owner is legally a resident) before a FIVA Identity Card can be issued.

Procedures differ from country to country, so please refer to the ANF of the country in which your vehicle is registered for instructions.

If accepted the ANF will then issue a FIVA Identity Card valid 10 years or until the ownership of the vehicle is changed. The Identity Card remains the property of FIVA and must be returned to the issuing authority or FIVA upon request. The Identity Card is solely for identification purposes, it is no guarantee of the vehicle’s authenticity and is not be used for commercial purposes or proof of the vehicle’s history.


History: From the very beginning of FIVA’s activities one of the most important roles was to organise the procedures to classify and issue FIVA ID Cards for historic vehicles. FIVA therefore issued the Technical Code which described the requirements by which a vehicle becomes a historic vehicle and also the procedures on how to obtain the supporting FIVA ID Card.

Current Method: At present procedures are based on printed out application forms and questionnaires. The FIVA ID Cards are hand written or printed out locally and the ID Cards files and archives are manual and in materialized form. The actual ID Cards issuing system is unfortunately awkward, inefficient and slow. No real data processing has been possible, data searching is very difficult and the archives consist of large quantities of paper application forms.

Future Method: The FIVA Technical Commission therefore decided to prepare a new, interactive ID Card issuing system, based on modern information and communication technologies. This new system will enable all applicants to both access the system and request the FIVA ID Card on-line, thus allowing the ANFs to have a much better overview and control of issued ID Cards. Also the FIVA Technical Commission will be be able to process the applications and the cards more easily and accurately. We shall in future all benefit from this new system.

The issuing procedure itself will become more automated by using up-to-date technologies.  Vehicles and issued ID Card data will be stored in a unique encrypted and well protected database. Furthermore each vehicle will now be allocated a FIVA Vehicle Number – FVN, generated from that vehicle’s individual parameters and unique to the vehicle for its lifetime.

The new digitalised Application Form with associated questionnaire will allow a much more detailed description of the vehicle to be uploaded by using drop-down choices for the vehicle’s properties; this will enable the user to create stronger records for such areas as the vehicle’s restoration, event history, ownership details and so forth.

We also expect that the new digitally issued FIVA ID Cards within the FIVA database will make it possible to better protect against any attempts of falsifying vehicle records and other types of common fraudulent or illegal activities.

The new FIVA ID Card application system is currently being trialed by the Technical Commission. After testing it will be released to ANF’s along with instructions and guide book for users.