SAE Collegiate Design Series

Registering Your Team for Competition

All teams must register online at www.sae.org.  Calling the office will often result in disappointed teams, as competitions often sell out prior to the manual process.  Teams are encouraged to plan ahead and ensure they have all accounts in working order as well as all payment information taken care of whether or not they intend to pay at the time of registration or within 72 hours (excluding weekends).

  1. Login at www.sae.org.
  2. Verify that your account is correctly affiliated to your university using the Verification Tool.
  3. Navigate to either http://students.sae.org/cds/ or the Registration tab of the individual competition.
  4. Two hours prior to Registration opening, an orange button will appear.  Prior to this time window, no orange button will appear.  Find the orange button, which may say different things depending on the time.
    1. Countdown to Registration: Registration has not opened yet.  Two hours before registration opens, this button will appear. After clicking on the button, a countdown clock will appear.  It will automatically become a Register button when registration is open.  The countdown clock is tied to the SAE database clock. There is no need to refresh the page continuously. By doing so, the system is slowed down and teams risk not being able to register.
    2. Register: Registration is open and accepting teams.
    3. Register for Wait List: The competition is sold out but Wait List is open.
    4. Update Team Info: Registration is closed, or the team has not registered.
  5. Click the Register button.
  6. Click the Add a New Team button.
  7. Select the correct class under “Please Select a Cost.”
  8. Complete the Team Profile by adding a team name, selecting the same class under Competition Category, and selecting your role on the team.
  9. Click either the Register & Pay Later button or the Register & Pay button.  Once you click one of these options, your team’s spot is confirmed.  Choosing one over the other doesn’t give you an advantage in a competition registration environment.
  10. If you chose the Register & Pay Later button:
    1. You’ll be shown a confirmation page the includes your remaining balance and the Pay Later Policy.
    2. It will take up to 24 hours for the Pay Invoice Now button to show up.  Don’t panic.  Your 48 hour payment clock will not begin until the Pay Invoice button is active.
    3. Click the Pay Invoice Now button.
    4. Complete the payment information.
    5. Click the Submit button.
    6. A Registration Confirmation page will appear when the process is completed.
    7. Print an official invoice by clicking Reprint Invoice.  The invoice will appear. 
    8. You can email yourself a printer friendly version by entering your email address and clicking the Send Invoice button.
  11. If you chose the Register & Pay button:
    1. Complete the payment information.
    2. Click the Submit button.
    3. A Registration Confirmation page will appear when the process is completed.
    4. Print an official invoice by clicking Reprint Invoice.  The invoice will appear. 
    5. You can email yourself a printer friendly version by entering your email address and clicking the Send Invoice button.
  12. If you are in the process of registering your team when the competition sells out, you will be informed that registration is closed and asked if you would like to be added to the Wait List. Response is required; teams will not automatically be added to the waitlist.  Teams that accept the offer will continue through the standard online registration process so SAE can capture needed information. However, the registration fee will not be charged to their credit card until the team is moved off the waitlist onto the participating registered team list.  Make sure you completely understand the Wait List process and requirements.