The documentation that is required by the Iron Butt Association (“IBA”) is the difference between completing a long and difficult ride and completing a long a difficult ride that is certified by the most prestigious group of long distance riders on the planet - The Iron Butt Association.
You cannot buy an Iron Butt membership. Every rider who is a member completed at least one IBA ride and got it certified. When you meet an IBA member on the road you know he/she not only is one of the world’s toughest riders but has the documentation to prove it. Join us.
In the real world we all deal with the unexpected. You come to an important turn-around in Wyoming and the station is closed and the pay-at-the-pump will not give a receipt. There is no other open businesses in sight. Document you position as best you can.
Traditional Documentation Method
This method is available to everyone and for all rides.
Provide dated-business-receipts (“DBR”) to prove your claim. Often these receipts are for buying fuel, but ATM receipts, meal receipts (McDonalds receipts are usually good), or any other computer generated receipt will work. Be sure the receipt has the time, date, city and state clearly visible. Without these four pieces of information, your receipt is not a good receipt. If there is ONE—and only one-- element of information that is incorrect, you may correct it on the receipt.
Start of Ride
The time on your first DBR starts your ride so make absolutely sure it is accurate and legible. There should be no incorrect elements on this receipt.
Take a photo of your receipt in front of your odometer at the start, at each stop, and at the end of your ride:
low-resolution photo shows a good way to show your receipts. Of
course, the photo you turn in will be higher resolution so the
verification team can clearly read location, date and time. Most
phones are capable of taking this kind of photo. For more
examples, please visit here.
You might want to start practicing now before your ride. On a good day, under cover at gas pumps, it is easy-peasy. On a wet, windy day at non-covered pumps, not so much. Or you might hate it - in which case, you may use this ALTERNATE WITNESS METHOD to document your ride. But compared to hitting up a hotel clerk at 3 am (who many times has moved on and probably can't respond to our letters anyway), the photo in front of your odometer method should prove to be superior.
BE CERTAIN to get proof at any ‘corners’ or detours from a point to point routing from your start to your destination.
No matter the fuel range of your motorcycle, the IBA requires you stop at least every 350 miles (560km) for a DBR. Check you DBR. City? State? Time of day? Date? All correct?
End of Ride
The time on your last DBR officially ends your ride or “stops the clock”. Be sure to take a photo of your last DBR in front of your odometer. There should be no incorrect elements on the receipt. Relax. Get some rest.
Provide a paper map (photographic copies are acceptable) of your stops.
Provide a written explanation of any problems you encountered.
For example; “I was stopped for 33 minutes behind a road closure but on I-95 near VA MM 8”
Complete the application form. Click here for the form.
FINALLY, send it to:
Iron Butt Association
P.O. Box 540009
Merritt Island, FL 32954-0009 USA
Please make your check payable in US funds to the "Iron Butt Association". Please note that we do not make any money on this ride, this is our approximate cost of administrating the Saddlesore and Bun-Burner program. NOTE: If you are located outside the United States or Canada and obtaining a check in US Funds is difficult please send e-mail to [email protected] for possible alternate payment methods.
Have a scanner and want to try ELECTRONIC APPLICATION? Visit IBA Electronic Application Guidelines.
This verification process takes 3-4 months so be patient - please.
Do you want a faster and easier way to have your ride verified?
AFTER YOU BECOME AN IBA MEMBER AND HAVE BEEN AWARDED AN IBA NUMBER, you can become a Premier Member. Premier Members receive many extra benefits, including expedited ride verifications, usually within just a few weeks. Visit Premier Program Benefits for more information.