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Reporting a Change to your Airman Certificate

Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News

The Civil Aviation Registry will only accept requests to change an airman's name, nationality/citizenship, gender, or date of birth that have been processed through a FSDO by an FAA Inspector. The change package should consist of a completed application form signed by the airman and the approving Inspector, copies of the documentation that substantiates the change, the superseded certificate, and the original copy of the temporary certificate.

To obtain a new airman certificate that reflects a legal name change, submit either a photocopy of a marriage license, court order, or other valid legal document that legally verifies the name change or, since some states allow a person to make a legal name change by affidavit without any other legal documentation, a signed and notarized copy of the airman name change form. The form can be found on the Civil Aviation Registry's Airmen Certification website, if you click on 'Report a change'' (ninth item).

To obtain a new airman certificate that reflects a nationality/citizenship change, submit a naturalization document or other legal document that verifies the nationality/citizenship change to an FAA inspector.

To obtain a new airman certificate that reflects a gender change, submit one or both of the following to an FAA inspector:

  • A court order issued by a court of the United States or its territories stating that the applicant has changed his/hers gender, and/or
  • A statement from a physician or clinical psychologist treating the applicant that contains:

    1. Identification of the applicant by name and address, and

    2. Verification that the applicant is undergoing treatment that has altered or will alter the gender.

To obtain a new airman certificate that reflects a date of birth change, submit a copy of a birth certificate or other legal document that verifies the date of birth change to an FAA inspector.