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Four conditions need to be met before you will be able to request a FIE licence.
1) That you have no debt outstanding for more than 30 days.
2) That you have provided a scan of your passport to the AFF (via http://portal.fencing.org.au, and it has been verified)
3) That you have provided a 'Heads and Shoulder' photo to act as your Official Photo for International event passes, and on the FIE Website (again, via the Portal, and it has been verified)
4) That you are correctly affiliated with your State Association for the current year.
Once these conditions are met, the licence can then be requested and paid for using this link: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=13404.
Anyone wishing to confirm that their FIE licence is current can do so by going to the FIE website and following the links, or clicking on http://www.fie.ch/Licenses/LicSearch.aspx and selecting Australia from the pull-down menu.
Notionally, the FIE licences used to expire after the Senior World Championships, which were traditionally the last event of the calendar. However, now there are sometimes Satellite events after the Senior World Champs, and in the Olympic years the date of that event is not defined by the FIE, so the situation is not quite as clear. Furthermore, World Veterans Championships now take place after the World Open Championships.
All FIE events listed on the Official FIE Calendar for a specified season require an FIE licence for that season.
Events requiring an FIE licence which do not appear on the FIE calendar can be assumed to require an FIE licence that is current as at the date of the event (e.g. December 2012 will require a 2012/2013 FIE licence). Generally, where a non-FIE event occurs near the close of the FIE year (e.g. 30 September), the organisers will often accept an FIE licence for either of both years covering that period.