Paper Airman Certificates Expire March 31

Pilots who have not replaced their paper airman certificate with the required new plastic certificate risk being unable to exercise their privileges at the end of March. All paper airman certificates will expire March 31, 2010. FAR 61.19(h) reads: “Except for a temporary certificate issued under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010.”

To replace your airman certificate online, visit the FAA website.

To apply for a new certificate via the mail:

1. Complete an “Application for Replacement of Lost, Destroyed, or Paper Airman Certificate” (PDF available at, or

2. Send a signed, written request stating your: name, date and place of birth, social security number and/or certificate number, and the reason you need a replacement.

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

4. Mail your request to:

Federal Aviation Administration

Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760

P.O. Box 25082

Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082

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