IPC Licensing Overview

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched an online database application that was developed in partnership with Atos Origin. The application is called the IPC Sport Data Management System (SDMS). The general functionality of the online application includes the following:

• Captures athlete biographies, eligibility data (nationality, classification, etc.), results, potential records;
• Provides U.S. Paralympics with online reports and data for its respective athletes;
• Calculates world and regional rankings, records and other reports (e.g. classification master lists)

NOTE: Only licensed athletes will be eligible to have their results submitted for consideration on the IPC world and regional ranking lists as well as for world and regional record applications. Please note that athletes who are not licensed will not be eligible for the National Team nor will you be eligible to be classified at an IPC Event.The IPC license is valid from the time of application through the end of that calendar year.  The license will expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed to carry over from one year to the next.

For the current list of IPC licensed powerlifters, please check the IPC Classification Masterlist

IPC License Renewal

Athletes who have been IPC licensed in previous years and need to renew the license, must complete the following steps.

1. Submit License fee of $25 USD. Pay Online by VISA Card Only clicking HERE or USOPC Classification Manager at NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org for additional payment options.

2. Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  You can also fax the form to 719-866-2029.

3. Athletes who have an international classification status of New, Review or Review 2020 must submit medical documentation and supporting documents before you can be licensed. 

- Physical Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form

- Visual Impairment Medical Diagnosis Form

4. Submit an Epilepsy Declaration Form to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org

IPC License Application

Athlete’s who have not been licensed must complete the following five steps.  (All steps must be completed before an athlete can be licensed).

1. Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form  to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  You can also fax the form to 719-866-2029.

2. Email a copy of your passport.  The IPC requires a passport or passport card as proof of citizenship.  Scan the informational page of your passport (the one with your photo), save it as a PDF and email it to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly.

3. Email a recent headshot photo (photos MUST: have a white or light blue background, not include headgear, dark glasses and hair bands on the athlete and have the head of the athlete looking face-on).  Email the photo to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org   Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly.

4. Submit License fee of $25 USD. Pay Online by VISA Card Only clicking HERE or contact USOPC Classification Manager at NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org for additional payment options.

5. Submit a copy of your Medical Diagnostics Form. Your doctor must fill out the paperwork and attach supporting documentation.  This form can be emailed to USOPC Classification Manager at NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org 

- Physical Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form

- Visual Impairment Medical Diagnosis Form

6. Submit an Epilepsy Declaration Form to NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org

If you do not have access to a scanner, you can mail the information to: 

         USOPC-Paralympic Division,
         Attn: Classification Manager
         One Olympic Plaza,
         Colorado Springs, CO 80909. 

If you have any questions, please call or email the USOPC Classification Manager at NPCUSAclassification@usopc.org or 719-866-4240