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Aircraft Re-Registration

May 16th, 2011

In a final ruling that became effective October 1st of 2010, the FAA has mandated that over the next three years, existing aircraft registrations will need to be renewed, and renewed again every subsequent three years.

The ruling (read it here) was put in to place in an effort to bring the aircraft registration database up to date, and to keep it current.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The FAA is providing a 3 month window to re-register
  • Deadline is based upon month aircraft was originally registered
  • FAA will notify owner via mail, 180 days prior to expiration date
    and at the end of the re-registration window if not re-registered
  • Aircraft failing to re-register or renew will ultimately be deregistered
  • Re-registration and renewal utilizes online system if no changes are to be made
  • Changes must be made utilizing a new form and submitted to FAA
  • All  aircraft applying for new registrations will be issued an expiring
    registration and required to renew every 3 years
If your certificate was issued in this month (of any year) Certificate expires Re-registration required


March 31, 2011

Nov. 1, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2011


June 30, 2011

Feb. 1 to April 30, 2011


Sept. 30, 2011

May 1 to July 31, 2011


Dec. 31, 2011

Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2011


March 31, 2012

Nov. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012


June 30, 2012

Feb. 1 to April 30, 2012


Sept. 30, 2012

May 1 to July 31, 2012


Dec. 31, 2012

Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2012


March 31, 2013

Nov. 1, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013


June 30, 2013

Feb. 1 to April 30, 2013


Sept. 30, 2013

May 1 to July 31, 2013


Dec. 31, 2013

Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2013

Useful Tools to Help You Through the Process

To find out when your current registration expires, look up your N-number with the following link:  FAA N-number inquiry

In the resulting data, you’ll find an Expiration Date under the “Aircraft Description” heading.  You’ll need to re-register your registration by this date.

When you receive your letter of renewal in the mail, you can use this link to re-register your airplane using the N-number and the registration code on the letter:  FAA Registration Renewal

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