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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Friday, July 24, 2009
Notice Number: NOTC1784
Paper Pilot Certificates to Expire - New Info, Please Read
This notice expired on
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Remember you cannot exercise the privileges of your paper pilot certificates after March 31, 2010.  You must replace them with plastic certificates.

FAR 61.19(h) reads:
Duration of pilot certificates. 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.

Please use the correct form to have your Social Security number removed from your Pilot Certificates.  Do not use the "Application for Replacement of Lost, Destroyed, or Paper Airman Certificate(s)" form (8060-56) for this purpose.  You need only use one or the other of these forms, not both, to replace your pilot certificate.  The web link to the "Request for Change of Certificate Number" form in an earlier email (7/15/09) is not correct.  You do not need to return your superseded pilot certificates.

If your Social Security number is your pilot certificate number you can have your SSN removed and new certificates issued at no charge by applying online at this link and selecting "Create an Account".  Select "Login" if you already have an account on Airmen Certification Online Services:

or download the "Request for Certificate Number Change" form and mail it to the Airmen Certification Branch at this link:

If you wish to keep your Social Security number as your pilot certificate number, use the links below and you will have to pay $2.00.  The FAA offers pilots who were assigned their Social Security number as their pilot certificate number the option of changing it to prevent identity theft at no charge.

If your pilot certificate does not contain your Social Security number, you have two options to obtain a new plastic certificate:

1. You can apply on-line by going to this link and the fee is $2.00 for each certificate.  Select "Create an Account".  Select "Login" if you already have an account on Airmen Certification Online Services:

2. You can fill out the paper form and mail it to the Airman Certification Branch and the fee is $2.00 for each certificate.  Go to this link for the form and address:

For faster processing, apply online.  If you have questions concerning the process call your local FSDO office.

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