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"How do I get a rating for this year, or next year?"
The notes below explain for those in GBR waters. Those outside this area should contact their local representative ('Rule Authority') for IRC ratings. If there is no Rule Authority for your area, please contact us and we can advise you.

All rating certificates (except those rated to the 'Southern' certificate year) are valid until 31st December of the year of issue. Ratings therefore need to be renewed ("revalidated") each year if you wish to race, this is because the program is developed and changed each year.  You can send your application at any time of year, but please allow enough time before your race to avoid disappointment.

New applications
If you have completed the new application process in MyIRC you may submit this any time after 1st January and pay securely online. Remember that VAT at the current rate must be added if payment is being made by a UK company or association of any kind. We offer a 50% discount on the published fees for certificate issued from 1st September.

If it is near the end of the year and you want to apply for a rating for the following year year please note that the IRC application form may be changed slightly from year to year and you will need to use the new one. 

Revalidation (renewal) of your certificate.

We will email every owner who holds a current IRC certificate, inviting you to revalidate it for the the new year. 
Any change of email address or ownership not advised to us before the beginning of December may not be taken into account, so please let us know any change of address as soon as possible so we can update our database.

If the certificate has lapsed by up to 10 years, you can still revalidate it simply.

Trial certificates
We regret that we cannot run IRC trial certificates on the new program until the boat holds a valid current certificate. However, if you apply for a trial certificate after you revalidate or apply for the first time, we will run it at the same time.
For how long are certifcates valid?
IRC certificates are renewed annually, and are valid until 31st December in the Northern Hemisphere and 31st May in the Southern Hemisphere, irrespective of when the application is received. We offer a discount for revalidations, new applications and re-registrations received during the last 3 months of the certificate year.
How long do they take to process?
Once all the information is received, processing can take anything between 14-21 days depending on the time of year - between January and August it gets very busy as you can imagine!  We do offer an Expedited ('fast-track') service which guarantees your certificate back within 5 working days, please request this when you apply.
How much does it cost?
Applications are charged according to the length of the boat - rating and measurement fees are published on this website.  Rule Authorities will charge fees in their local currency, please talk to them for specific details.   


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