Misplaced your Private Pilot’s License and don’t know where to start when it comes to getting it back? The feeling of losing your license can feel overwhelming, but don’t worry. It’s not as inconvenient or annoying as it seems to replace the one you lost.
Ways to Replace Your Private Pilot’s License
Replace your Pilot’s License Online
If you already have an account through Airmen Services, then you can sign in with the email and password you used to create your original account. All you would need to do is give the reason for why you are ordering a replacement.
Chances are you don’t have an account with Airmen Services, then you’ll need to provide information such as your first and last name, date of birth, certificate number, etc. to create an account.
If you lost your license and don’t have access to your certification number, then the best way to find out that information is by calling the FAA at 866-878-2498. If you ask them to provide your certification number they’ll ask for verification by having you provide your social security number.
Replace your Pilot’s License By Mail
Luckily, there is only a small, $2 fee for each certificate you request. This is relatively inexpensive compared to having to replace your driver’s license or passport.
Information to Keep in Mind
There are a few things to keep in mind when going through the process of reinstating your license. If you decide to go by mail, you’ll need to allow 4 to 6 weeks for mail processing and 7 to 10 days for online processing. If you need to replace your license as soon as possible, you’ll want to use the online option.
Also, the FAA can only issue one copy of each certificate. You will have to wait 60 days after ordering a replacement to order another one.
Another part to keep in mind is that the FAA won’t include the original date of issue on the newly issued certificate. They will replace the date on the certificate with the date it was reissued.
Lastly, the FAA can’t issue you a new certificate if the one you lost has already expired. You’ll need to go through the process of getting your license renewed, and talk to an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Once you pass your FAA medical examination, you will be able to contact a CFI and schedule a biennial flight review. After your BFR, you’ll be able to apply for your plastic private pilot’s license.
Once you have your replacement pilot license, it’s time to get back in the cockpit and start enjoying everything you can do with a pilot license!
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Brian is an experienced digital marketer who joined Thrust Flight in 2022 as the Chief Marketing Officer. He discovered a passion for aviation at 10 when he went for his first flight in a Piper Cherokee and enjoys helping others discover a career path as a professional pilot. He is an experienced marketing consultant helping brands with a variety of marketing initiatives. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University.