Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, the team manager, feels the time is right for his squad to make the step up - and will feel confident of a successful application given the disbanding of current World Tour outfits Euskaltel-Euskadi and Vacansoleil-DCM.
There were 19 World Tour teams in circulation during the current season following the reinstatement of Katusha at the beginning of the campaign.
Next year, the number of teams will return to the usual 18, which means there will be one place up for grabs for 2014. Europcar is the only team to have lodged an application so far, with Swiss team IAM Cycling confirming last week that it would not be looking to take World Tour status in 2014.
"We have received confirmation of receipt [of our application] and now we just have to wait for the verdict," Bernaudeau told French regional newspaper Sud-Ouest. "Our sponsor would like us to be present on more of the big races, notably the Vuelta."
A habitual wildcard entry for the Tour de France, Europcar has not participated in another Grand Tour since the 2010 Vuelta a Espana. Despite concerns over future sponsorship earlier in the season, the team was bolstered with the news that Europcar would prolong their involvement for two years with the hope that Bernaudeau's team would garner greater international visibility.
Although part of the inaugural ProTour in 2005, Bernaudau's team has not been part of cycling's top division since 2009. The team currently leads the 2013 UCI Europe Tour rankings thanks to a string of victories from sprinter Bryan Coquard in his debut season and Thomas Voeckler's consistency.
Should Europcar get the nod to join the sport's top flight then Bernaudeau would have to bring in at least three new riders to meet the obligatory quota imposed by the World Tour.
"I have 22 riders at the moment which is a bit too much in our current position - but should we get elevated to the World Tour I would need to take on three more," he said. "But I wouldn't go beyond that - I don't want to do anything crazy."
In other news, Europcar suffered a blow last week when the team had 18 bikes stolen in Belgium during the Eurometropole Tour. The bikes were taken from a van overnight after the opening stage.
Thankfully, the riders were able to continue the race after Belgium team Wallonie-Bruxelles agreed to lend the team some bikes ahead of the second stage. "It highlights the solidarity between all the teams in the peloton," said directeur sportif Dominique Arnould.