The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has mandated that participants, Athletes and Officials, acquire a WTF Global License to register for WTF sanctioned Tournaments as of Jan. 1, 2014.  USA Taekwondo will be administering the Global License program for all U.S. competitors on behalf of the WTF.  Participants must present proof of an approved WTF Global License in order to participate at any WTF sanctioned event.

Who needs a WTF Global License?

All Kyorugi and Poomsae Athletes: Cadet, Junior, Senior

All Team Officials: Coaches, Managers, Medical

Athletes and Officials participating in WTF promoted Championships, WTF Ranking Point Tournaments, and Continental Union recognized Tournaments are required to obtain a WTF Global License. 

***Referees are not required to obtain a Global License***

When should I apply/renew?

Apply/renew a minimum of 1 month prior to the start of the competition you are planning to attend.

What documentation do I need to provide for my Global License?

  1. A color passport style ID picture.
  2. Valid copy of a U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or Green Card
  3. A copy of Kukkiwon or Black Belt Certificate (Kukkiwon or Black Belt Certificate is not required for Global Officials)
  4. Submit completed application
  5. Submit payment of $35.00 USD

**Athletes are required to provide a Kukkiwon certificate and a current passport in order to compete in World and Pan Am Championships**

Where can I find the GAL/GOL application?

If you are applying for a Global License as an ATHLETE, download the GAL application form HERE.

If you are applying for a Global License as a COACH, download the GOL application form HERE.

If you are applying as both an ATHLETE & COACH, download the application HERE.

When should I expect to receive my card?

It will take approximately 6 – 12 weeks (depending on the time of year) to receive your GAL/GOL card.  If you are planning to attend a WTF sanctioned event and will not receive your Global License card on time, follow the instructions below to print out confirmation of GAL/GOL.

  1. After final approval, an email will be sent to the address supplied on the application.  Use the log-in information in this email to Log-in to the WTF Hangastar system.
  2. Once you are logged on, click on “Registration Status”
  3. Click “Confirmation Page”
  4. Print this Global License confirmation for your records

The document that prints will provide proof of Global License to any international organizing committee.

Have questions or concerns?

Contact GAL@usa-taekwondo.us or Sarah Randall at 719-866-3628