Keep Your Pilot License Current with the FAA

Did you know pilots, are required to update their address with the FAA within 30 days after you move – know how to advise them of a change? 

You are required to carry your license any time you fly – what would you do if you lost it?  This article covers all the details.

Pilot Change of Address

There are two ways to update your address.

  1. You can mail them either a:
  • Change of Address Notification (PDF) form
  • A signed, written request stating your:
          date of birth
          social security number or certificate number
          new address

A Post Office Box is not acceptable as a residence address. A residence address must be furnished. If you want us to use your P.O. Box rather than your residence as your mailing address you may provide both.

  1. You can also update your address online.

Replacement of Pilot License

There are two ways to update your address.

  1. You can mail them either a:

You must include a check or money order for $2 (U.S. funds), made payable to FAA, for each certificate you request.

  1. You can also request a replacement certificate online.

Important Information:

Mail requests to:
      Federal Aviation Administration
      Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
      P.O. Box 25082
      Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082

Allow 4 to 6 weeks for mail processing and 7 to 10 days for on-line processing.

If your residence address is listed as General Delivery, Rural Route, or Star Route, or PO Box, you must provide directions or a map for locating the residence.  The FAA does not require that you get a new certificate when updating your address and won’t issue one automatically.

The FAA will only issue one copy of each certificate.


5 Responses to Keep Your Pilot License Current with the FAA

  1. nancy louise allen says:

    Lost private pilots license. Would like a new one. I was also married at the time under Nancy Louise Tingley.
    Would like to change name. Now Nancy Louise Allen.
    Please advise what I should do.
    Address 821 swan avenue
    Miami Springs, Florida
    11/14/34 (think they had it as 11/14/39 or 40.

  2. Floris Wink says:

    Thanks for the information regarding pilot license (vliegbrevet ). Your post provides useful information regarding the method to change address also.

  3. Marcus Peckham says:

    I got my private pilots licence in 1976. My private pilots license number was 262391247. What do I have to do to get it back.

    • Marcus, you need to get a new third class medical certificate and schedule a “Flight Review” with a flight instructor. A flight review consists of an hour of ground and an hour flight. Keep in mind however, that if you have not flown in a while it may take multiple flights with the instructor to get your skills back up to par.

      John – Certified Flight Instructor

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