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FAA plans to require pilots to replace paper certificate with plastic oneFAA plans to require pilots to replace paper certificate with plastic one

FAA plans to require pilots to replace paper certificate with plastic one

The FAA is developing a rule that would require all pilots to obtain a plastic pilot certificate within two years (five years for other airmen certificates). The plastic certificates, which the FAA is already issuing for new and replacement certificates, include a hologram making them tamper- and counterfeit-resistant.

"AOPA has supported the idea of a more durable and attractive pilot certificate for years," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. "The new certificate is an important step toward issuing a pilot license that will have the airman's photo as mandated by Congress last year."

As an interim measure requested by AOPA, the FAA issued a rule in October 2002, requiring pilots to carry a government-issued photo ID as well as a pilot certificate. This latest action further augments that requirement.

The FAA has been issuing the new plastic certificates since August 2003. Anyone getting a new certificate or rating automatically gets a plastic certificate. And if a pilot needs to replace a paper certificate, the cost is only $2.

Or free. If, for privacy or security reasons a pilot wants to remove his or her social security number from the pilot certificate, the FAA will send a new plastic certificate at no charge. Visit the FAA's Airmen's Services Web site to request the change.

January 20, 2005

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