FAA PLANS TO REQUIRE PILOTS TO REPLACE PAPER WITH PLASTIC

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

The new certificate is an important step toward issuing a pilot certificate that will have the pilot’s photo as mandated by Congress last year.” The FAA has been issuing the new plastic certificates since August 2003. Anyone who receives a new certificate or rating automatically gets a plastic version. And 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

Go to https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/amsrvs/logon.asp to request the change.

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