eFIRC FAQs

Technical Questions

General

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Renewal Questions

I need to renew my flight instructor certificate within the next few months. What are my options?
FAR 61.197 allows you to submit an application for renewal within four-months of your certificate's expiration date and still retain your original expiration month. How do you determine that renewal window? Does the 4 month period start the day of your FIRC graduation?
What happens if I take a FIRC program more than four months in advance of my expiration date?
What advantage is it to allow ASI to handle the paperwork to revalidate my CFI? Can't I just drop in at the local FSDO, show them my ASI FIRC graduation certificate, and let them take care of it?
What if my flight instructor certificate has expired? Can I still renew on the basis of graduating from a FIRC?
What are my options for renewal if my instructor certificate has expired?
I hold a flight instructor certificate with airplane and helicopter ratings. Will taking a FIRC renew both ratings, or must I attend one program for my airplane rating and another for my helicopter rating?
I was able to renew my certificate two years ago by taking it to the local FSDO and having it reissued based on the inspector's personal knowledge of me. I don't see that option listed under FAR 61.197. What happened?
I recently added an instrument rating to my flight instructor certificate. I received my original certificate 12 months ago. Do I need to renew my original flight instructor certificate in another 12 months (24 months from the original issuance), or does the rating I just added to my instructor rating extend the renewal period?
My medical certificate expired last month, and I have not had time to get a new one. Do I need a current medical certificate to renew my flight instructor certificate at your program?
I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?
Which renewal method should I choose?
What is ASI's four month guarantee?

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Paperwork Processing Questions

How long will processing my application take?
It’s been a several days since I submitted my information and I haven’t received an email to submit my digital signature to the FAA. Why not?
How long will it take for the FAA to process my application?
How do I check on the status of my application with the FAA after it’s been submitted?
What do I do if I’m having problems with IACRA?
Can I submit a paper 8710 if I don’t want to complete the online processing?
What if it’s getting close to my temporary certificate expiration date and I still haven’t received my certificate from the FAA?
Do I need to turn in my instructor certificate? 
When filling out the 8710 or IACRA application form for my renewal, do I need to complete section III, Record of Pilot Time, when submitting an application for renewal?
I just discovered that my flight instructor certificate is missing. Will this prevent me from renewing, or can I renew without my instructor certificate?

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