During the certification process, the cars undergo a scrutinizing inspection at the 950 square meter Maranello factory. Here, utilizing Ferraris historical archives, a select committee of experts known as COCER (Certification Committee) chaired by Ferrari VP Piero Ferrari evaluate the technical characteristics of each car seeking certification. This process reveals whether the car is fully functioning and if the chassis, engine, gearbox, transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, bodywork and interior are original or comply with the original specifications.
However, in 2009, a change was introduced to allow select cars not meeting the stringent requirements to earn certification. While not considered to be authentic these cars must meet precise criteria to be considered for certification. The actual configuration of the car must have participated in national or international competitions. Or, the actual configuration of the car is the result of modifications by designers/coachbuilders of international fame within ten years of the cars construction date and has taken part in car shows or Concours dElegance or published in special magazines.