FIDE Handbook
International Chess Federation
FIDE Handbook

Approved by 2013 Executive Board


1. All National Chess Federations (NCF) shall be required to register their Players with FIDE. The FIDE Regulations on Registration, Transfers and Eligibility shall apply. 
1.1. All players who already have a FIDE ID Number (FIN) before 1 July 2013 shall be considered to be registered and licensed. 
2. The NCF (or FIDE) shall issue the FIN if the Player does not have one at the time of registration. NCF will register the Player with FIDE by providing information containing the Player's Name, Gender, Place & Date of Birth, Citizenship and Contact e-mail. It is optional if a Photograph or a ID such as a Passport can be provided. On the FIDE Rating List, information on Player's Name, Gender, Year of Birth shall be included. 
3. A Player who registers to compete in any FIDE rated competition shall be required to provide his FIN. If the player has no FIN, then the Organizer must follow one of the options below: 
3.1. Request the Organizer's NCF to register the player and provide a FIN under Organizer's NCF flag. The FIN must be provided before the tournament is submitted for rating. FIDE will inform the player of his FIN via his contact e-mail. 
3.2. If the player without a FIN claims or provides proof of citizenship or residence in a different country other than the Organizer, then the player can only be allowed to play after: 
3.2.1. registration with his appropriate NCF, or 
3.2.2. acquiring a provisional license under FIDE flag. 
4. If the FIN is acquired according to art. 3.2.2, the player shall provide the information required in art. 2 and to pay €60 either directly to FIDE or through the Organizer. FIDE or the Organizer shall issue the FIN and a provisional license under FIDE flag bearing information from art. 2 above. 
4.1. The provisional license under FIDE flag expires on 30 June the following year. Before 1 July, the license must be renewed with payment of €60 to FIDE without further notification from FIDE, failing which, the license is annulled. 
5. A tournament report will not be rated if there are players without a valid FIN. Federation's Ratings Officers should ensure that all players have a valid FIN before sending the tournament to FIDE to be rated. 
6. Whenever a NCF delists and subsequently re-lists a player, the NCF shall pay FIDE a fee of €25.