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Thank Your for Your Interest in Becoming a USA Cycling Official!

The information below shows the steps required to successfully complete your application.

  1. Successfully complete an online or in-person exam either through self-study or attending a class.

  2. Complete the USOC's SafeSport Training

  3. Complete a Background Check through USAC's vendor - NCSI

    As a C official, a separate Motoref training is offered and the following is required:

  4. Complete a Motor Vehicle Record Check through USAC's vendor (motorefs taking the Motor C class only)

Once completed, as a new official you will receive your level C Official License, and through more learning, experience, and applying through the USAC Official upgrade modules you can earn up to a level A license, allowing you to officiate and help organize some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious races!

Explanations and links to the steps towards a C License are shown below.

Continuing Ed

Seminar and Testing

    • The Category C seminar involves training in Road, Track, Cyclo-Cross and Mountain Bike, as well as the basic organizational structure of cycling and principles of officiating. The class is taught in either a live classroom environment (suggested) or through an online self-study program.

    • At the end of both the in-person and online class, there is an open-book exam which will test your knowledge of basic rules and concepts. Passing score is 70%.

    • To view available clinics use this link. This includes both in-person classes as well as a listing for the online Category C seminar. Note that to register you must have an account with USA Cycling. If you don’t currently have an account you can create one here. Once you have an account, you can click the link on top of the page that says to "click here" for licensed officials to take you to the signup page.


    • If taking the Category C class in person you will be provided with paperwork, including an application, that your instructor will send in to USA Cycling along with your payment.

    • If you are taking the the class online, once the online exam has been graded, you will receive an email with the application to fill out and return. 

Background Check

    • All officials are required to submit to a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) mandated background check, which is valid for two years. The average cost for the check, which is based on your location, is $23. Unfortunately, USA Cycling is not able to take other company’s background check, including those of government entities. The link to the background check may be found here.


The USOC also mandates that officials take a SafeSport seminar, which also includes a short exam. This qualification is also valid for two years and is free. A FAQ of SafeSport may be found here and a link to the class is available here.

Motorefs and Motor Vehicle Record Checks

Motorefs receive additional training through a one-day in person or live online seminar. Classes are taught periodically and are listed on the same clinic page as the basic Cat. C class. To become a Motoref, you must successfully complete the class and have a valid motorcycle operator's license/endorsement.

After successfully completing the separate Motor C class, Motorefs also need to complete a Motor Vehicle Record Check (MVR). This is valid for two years and the cost is $8.80 For information on how to submit, click this link.

If you have any issues or questions with the above please feel free to contact Stephanie Sexton at