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Section 6  Certificate Repairman for Light‑Sport Aircraft (§ 65.107)


A.    Maintenance: 3527.

B.    Avionics: 5527.

5-1247    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for the issuance of Repairman Certificates for light‑sport aircraft (LSA) and the cancellation of surrendered certificates.

5-1248    GENERAL. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may issue Repairman Certificates for the following LSA classes:




    Lighter‑than‑air aircraft,

    Powered parachutes, and

    Weight‑shift‑control aircraft.

NOTE:  The FAA will only issue a Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, § 65.107 certificate with an inspection rating containing a gyroplane class aircraft to an airman that owns a gyroplane that was originally certificated under 14 CFR part 21, § 21.191(i)(1) prior to January 31, 2008.

A.    Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions apply:

1)    Experimental Light‑Sport Aircraft (ELSA). An ELSA is an aircraft issued an experimental certificate under § 21.191(i).
2)    Special Light‑Sport Category Aircraft (SLSA). Called “special” by industry, an SLSA is an aircraft issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate under § 21.190.

B.    Ratings. The FAA may issue the following ratings for Repairman Certificates for LSA under § 65.107:

1)    Inspection Ratings.
a)    Inspection ratings are limited to aircraft with an ELSA airworthiness certificate that the applicant owns. The classes of eligible aircraft are:




    Lighter‑than‑air aircraft,

    Powered parachutes, and

    Weight‑shift‑control aircraft.

b)    The class, registration number, and serial number will identify the owner’s aircraft on the Repairman Certificate. The Repairman Certificate can list more than one class if the repairman accomplishes required class training and owns the additional aircraft.

NOTE:  A § 65.107 certificate with an inspection rating containing a gyroplane class aircraft may be issued to a new gyroplane owner, provided the original gyroplane certificate met § 21.191(i)(1) requirements, and all other § 65.107 certificate requirements with an inspection rating have been met.

2)    Maintenance Ratings.
a)    The FAA issues maintenance ratings for the following SLSA:


    Weight‑shift‑control aircraft,

    Powered parachutes,

    Lighter‑than‑air aircraft, and


b)    The Repairman Certificate will identify the class of SLSA to be inspected or maintained. The Repairman Certificate can list more than one class if the repairman accomplishes required training.

NOTE:  The FAA will not issue a maintenance rating for gyroplane class because gyroplanes do not have a § 21.190 certificate.

C.    Certificates. The FAA issues two kinds of airworthiness certificates to LSA:

1)    The operating limitations for ELSA require that they have an annual condition inspection every 12 calendar‑months. The following people may perform this inspection:

    The owner who has a Repairman Certificate with an inspection rating, and the Repairman Certificate identifies that aircraft by class, registration, and serial number;

    A repairman with a maintenance rating for the appropriate class of ELSA;

    A mechanic with Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings who meets the requirements of § 65.81 for the appropriate class of ELSA; or

    An appropriately rated 14 CFR part 145 repair station.

2)    SLSA may be operated for private use or for flight training, rental, or towing operations for hire. Aircraft used for flight training and towing require a 100‑hour inspection.
a)    One of the following people must inspect and maintain the SLSA:

    A repairman with a maintenance rating for the appropriate class of LSA;

    A mechanic with A&P ratings who meets the requirements of § 65.81 for the appropriate class of SLSA; or

    An appropriately rated part 145 repair station.

b)    The FAA will not issue an SLSA Special Airworthiness Certificate for gyroplane class because § 21.190 does not allow it.

NOTE:  To maintain SLSA, part 145 repair stations, A&P mechanics, and light-sport repairmen must have the necessary data and tools available to maintain the appropriate class of SLSA (i.e., airplane, weight‑shift‑control, lighter‑than‑air, powered parachute, or glider).


    A U.S. citizen or a citizen of a foreign country lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.;

    At least 18 years old;

    Able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language (if for medical reasons the applicant cannot meet one of these requirements, the FAA may place limits on the certificate to make sure the applicant can safely perform the actions authorized by the certificate and rating); and

    Able to demonstrate the requisite skill to determine if the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation by passing an FAA‑accepted training course designed for each rating and/or class of LSA to be worked on.

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5-1250    PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS OF THE REPAIRMAN (LSA) CERTIFICATE. The FAA issues two ratings on the Repairman (LSA) Certificate: inspection and maintenance. The Repairman (LSA) Certificate will identify the rating(s) and appropriate limitation(s) by class.

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A.    Inspection Rating. The owner of an ELSA may apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with an inspection rating after successful completion of required training. The privileges of the repairman (LSA) with inspection rating will be limited to the experimental LSA that is owned by the certificate holder and will be identified by the class, registration number, and serial number on the Repairman Certificate. This is similar to the privilege granted a holder of a Repairman Certificate for amateur‑built aircraft under § 65.104.

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B.    Maintenance Rating. Any individual may apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with a maintenance rating after successful completion of required training. The repairman may only inspect or maintain SLSA of the same class in which he or she is rated. This rating allows the individual to perform annual condition inspections on an LSA certificated as an ELSA or on an SLSA aircraft. In addition, a repairman with an LSA maintenance rating may also perform maintenance and 100‑hour inspections; comply with Airworthiness Directives (AD), 14 CFR part 39, and/or Safety Directives as required by FAA-accepted industry-developed consensus standards, and recorded as per 14 CFR part 91, § 91.417(a)(1)(v) on FAA‑approved products installed in an LSA only; and perform with applicable manufacturer’s Service Bulletins (SB) on an SLSA for which the repairman is rated.

5-1251    TRAINING REQUIRED FOR INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE RATING. For an inspection rating, the applicant must complete a 16‑hour training course, accepted by the FAA, on the inspection procedures of a particular class of ELSA. The repairman with a maintenance rating must complete the required amount of training for each class of LSA as detailed below:

NOTE:  For an in‑depth explanation of the training requirements for light‑sport repairmen with the maintenance rating, refer to FAA Order 8000.84, Procedures to Accept Industry‑Developed Training for Light‑Sport Repairmen.

A.    Airplane. A total of 120 hours of instruction.

B.    Weight‑Shift‑Control Aircraft. A total of 104 hours of instruction.

C.    Powered Parachute. A total of 104 hours of instruction.

D.    Lighter‑Than‑Air Aircraft. A total of 80 hours of instruction.

E.    Glider. A total of 80 hours of instruction. To maintain powered gliders, a total of 125 hours of instruction is required.

NOTE:  For a glider add‑on to an airplane (see subparagraph 5‑1252A), a total of 139 hours of instruction is required; refer to Order 8000.84 for module completion requirements.


A.    Accomplishing Major Repairs or Alterations. Only a repairman (LSA) with a maintenance rating, a certificated mechanic with A&P ratings, or a certificated repair station (CRS) may accomplish major repairs and major alterations on SLSA. The manufacturer must provide the technical data for such a repair or alteration and identify the training needed, if any, to perform that repair or alteration. This limitation is necessary because SLSA are built under an industry‑developed consensus standard and not under an FAA type certificate (TC) or Production Certificate (PC), so Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 3 and 14 CFR part 23 standards do not apply. In addition, the required training for repairman certification does not include all the training necessary for the performance of major repairs or alterations on a product produced under an FAA approval.

B.    Required Training. To perform major repairs or major alterations on FAA‑approved products, the light‑sport repairman (maintenance) must have received training from the FAA‑approved product manufacturer or equivalent, and perform the work in accordance with 14 CFR part 43. The person returning to service major repairs or major alterations on FAA TC’d products, using FAA‑approved data, has to meet the requirements of § 65.95.


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A.    Practical Experience Requirements. A repairman (LSA) with a maintenance rating may document time working on either ELSA or SLSA. To apply for a mechanic’s certificate under part 65 subpart D, the repairman must show that he or she has at least 18 months of practical experience working on either powerplants or airframes for a singular rating, or that he or she has at least 30 months of practical experience working on powerplants and airframes concurrently when applying for both ratings at the same time. To be eligible, the applicant must have verifiable experience in 50 percent of the subject areas listed for the rating sought (refer to 14 CFR part 147 appendices B, C, and D). One month’s practical experience is 160 hours of documented time. This practical experience can include aircraft certificated LSA, Experimental Amateur‑Built, standard certificated aircraft, and military aircraft.

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B.    Documentation. This documented practical experience presented must show the date, registration, and serial number of the LSA aircraft on which the LSA repairman performed maintenance. The experience must be verifiable. The only practical experience that you can document on ELSA certificated under § 21.191(i)(1) is the time performing an annual condition inspection or 100‑hour inspections.

C.    Factory Training. Factory training received by the applicant from a manufacturer of powerplants or aircraft for SLSA type‑specific components may be counted as practical experience. Copies of the certificates from manufacturers are in addition to the documented practical experience record package presented to the FAA for review.


A.    Certificate with Inspection Rating. A Repairman (LSA) Certificate with an inspection rating remains valid until the repairman no longer owns the LSA identified on the Repairman Certificate, or until the certificate is surrendered, suspended, or revoked by the FAA. If the repairman with an inspection rating sells the LSA, he or she should keep the Repairman Certificate so that he or she can apply the guidance contained in the note below towards another certificate rating.

B.    Certificate with Maintenance Rating. A Repairman (LSA) Certificate with a maintenance rating remains valid until that repairman certificate is surrendered, suspended, or revoked by the FAA.

NOTE:  Unless the Repairman (LSA) Certificate is surrendered or revoked, all completed courses taken for the initial issuance of the repairman (LSA) rating(s) (inspection or maintenance) remain valid and do not expire for further issuance towards another certificate or rating.

5-1255    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination with other Airworthiness aviation safety inspectors (ASI) familiar with the applicant’s skill and knowledge. For unusual conditions or situations, contact the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS‑300).


A.    References (current editions):

    FAA Order 8000.84, Procedures to Accept Industry‑Developed Training for Light‑Sport Repairmen.

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    Title 14 CFR Part 65, § 65.107, Repairman Certificate (Light‑Sport Aircraft): Eligibility, Privileges, and Limits.

    Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2, Flight Standards Service Compliance Action Decision Procedure.

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    Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Providing Written Compliance Philosophy Explanation and Pilot’s Bill of Rights Notification (Figure 14‑1‑3B, Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant).

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8060‑4, Temporary Airman Certificate.

    FAA Form 8610‑2, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application.

C.    Job Aids. None.

5-1257    PROCEDURES.

A.    Receive the Application. To apply for a Repairman (LSA) Certificate with either an inspection or maintenance rating, the applicant must provide the following documentation to any Flight Standards District Office (FSDO):

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1)    A positive form of picture identification that includes the applicant’s signature (e.g., a current U.S. driver’s license, passport, or U.S. military identification) presented in person at the time of application and temporary certificate issuance. In addition, the applicant must provide an address where the applicant currently resides. An applicant can use a P.O. Box, rural route, Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) address, personal mailbox, commercial mail drop, or other mail drop as the applicant’s preferred mailing address; however, the applicant must also furnish either a physical residential address; a map or written directions to the applicant’s physical address; or a 911 address located by Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. This information must be included with the application.
a)    In special cases where the applicant resides on a boat, the applicant should include the name of the boat and the dock/slip number. If the applicant resides in a recreational vehicle (RV), the applicant should include the applicable tag number and registration number.
b)    ASIs should record the identification method in the “Remarks” section on the back of FAA Form 8610‑2, and ensure that the applicant meets the minimum age and citizenship requirements. Attach applicable map or directions to the applicant’s residence to FAA Form 8610‑2, if required.
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2)    One completed Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBR) (see Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14‑1‑3B, Sample Written Notification to an Airman Applicant).
3)    A completed FAA Form 8610‑2.
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a)    The applicant marks the “Repairman” block at the top of the form and specify the rating requested (e.g., light‑sport inspection or light‑sport maintenance) in the box next to the “Repairman” block, and then check either the “Original Issuance” or “Added Rating” block.

NOTE:  See Table 5‑6, Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610‑2 (Light‑Sport Aircraft), for specific instructions.

b)    Without any assistance, the applicant must read and sign the “Applicant’s Certification” section on the front of the form in the proper location in the presence of an FAA Airworthiness ASI. If there is doubt that the applicant can read, write, and understand the English language, have the applicant verbally read the “Applicant’s Certification” block on the front of the form. If further testing is needed, refer to advisory circular (AC) 60‑28, English Language Skill Standards Required by 14 CFR Parts 61, 63, and 65.
4)    Proof that the applicant has received 16 hours of FAA‑accepted training for the inspection rating, or 80/120 hours of FAA‑accepted training for the maintenance rating in the class of LSA the LSA repairman will be maintaining. Proof of training would be a certificate of training or graduation certificate. The certificate of training or graduation certificate for either inspection or maintenance rating must have an FAA acceptance number, name of the organization giving the training, hours of training received, name of the instructor, and name of the course. This information should be in section III, under “Employer and Location” (e.g., “Canadian Valley Tech Center, LSRIPP000001, 03/04/2008”). See the sample certificate in Figure 5‑138D, Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8610‑2.
5)    Class of LSA on which the applicant received training and the date the applicant completed instruction. If there is doubt concerning the validity of the certificate of training/graduation, contact the Light Sport Aviation Branch (AFS‑610) and check the class number and dates of instruction.

B.    Review the Application. The inspector will:

1)    Review the documentation submitted by the applicant for accuracy and completeness.
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2)    FAA inspectors must complete their portion of the documentation of the applicant’s receipt of the written notifications (see Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 3, Figure 14‑1‑3B), regardless of whether the applicant signs the acknowledgment of receipt.
3)    Copy and return the original proof of training certificate to the applicant.
4)    When issuing the Repairman Certificate, check the appropriate blocks on the “FAA Inspector’s Report” block at the bottom of the second page and provide the date, signature, and FSDO identification. Ensure the approved box is checked. Ensure the “Remarks” section has the airman’s identification method annotated (e.g., “Oklahoma driver’s license # 12235758, expires 04/30/2030”).

NOTE:  If FAA Form 8610‑2 is on a two‑page application (i.e., duplex printing was not used), ensure the airman’s name and date of birth (DOB) are typed or printed on the second page.

C.    Complete FAA Form 8060‑4 (see Figure 5‑138C, Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (Repairman—Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8060‑4).

1)    In block III, insert the word “pending.”
2)    In block IV, fill out the name, address, and physical description.
3)    In block IX, for an inspection or maintenance rating, insert the words “Repairman (Light‑Sport Aircraft).”
4)    In block XII, first insert the word “Inspection.” Directly underneath, put the class of LSA (e.g., airplane, glider, powered parachute, weight‑shift‑control, gyroplane, or lighter‑than‑air), followed by the aircraft’s registration number and serial number.
5)    In block XII, for a maintenance rating, insert the word “Maintenance,” followed by the class (or classes) of LSA the repairman is qualified to work on (e.g., airplane, glider, powered parachute, weight‑shift‑control, and/or lighter‑than‑air).
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NOTE:  If the applicant is applying for more than one class rating on the original issuance, only one FAA Form 8610‑2 and the set of two of FAA Form 8060‑4 are required, as long as section III and the temporary certificate have all the required information for all class ratings he or she seeks.

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6)    Review FAA Form 8060‑4 for accuracy. When issuing the rating, the inspector signs and dates block X, ensuring the applicant signs FAA Form 8610‑2 in block IV.

NOTE:  The date of issuance in block X must be the same date the inspector signed the report. Ensure that the inspector’s name, credentials number, region, and district office number are reflected on the temporary certificate.

NOTE:  The temporary certificate, FAA Form 8060‑4, provided to the applicant may be completed in dark ink and handwritten; however, the temporary certificate provided to the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760) must be typewritten.

Figure 5‑138C.  Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (Repairman—Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8060‑4

Figure 5-138C. Sample Temporary Airman Certificate (RepairmanóLight-Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8060-4

Table 5‑6.  Instructions for Completing FAA Form 8610‑2 (Light‑Sport Aircraft)

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NOTE:  The applicant can omit section II.

Section I: Applicant Information

A.  Name: First, Middle, Last—Applicant must enter his or her legal name.

B.  Social Security Number (SSN)—Disclosure of the SSN is optional; however, item B cannot be left blank. Enter a U.S. SSN, “DO NOT USE,” or “NONE.”

C.  DOB—Applicant must enter his or her DOB using an 8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year (MM/DD/YYYY)).

D.  Height—Applicant must enter his or her height in inches.

E.  Weight—Applicant must enter his or her weight in pounds.

F.  Hair—Applicant must spell out his or her hair color. Acceptable colors are bald, brown, black, blond, gray, white, and red.

G.  Eyes—Applicant must spell out his or her eye color. Acceptable colors are brown, black, blue, hazel, gray, and green.

H.  Sex—Enter “M” for male or “F” for female.

I.  Nationality (Citizenship)—Applicant enters the country in which he or she maintains citizenship. If dual citizenship, enter one on the application and the certificate will show the other as a limitation (e.g., “Dual citizenship includes Canada.”).

J.  Place of Birth—Applicant enters the city and State if born in the U.S. If the city is unknown, enter the county and State. If the applicant was born outside the U.S., enter the name of the city and country, or province and country. If the applicant was not born in a city and country or a province and country, enter that information in the “Remarks” area.

K.  Permanent Mailing Address—Applicant enters the number and street, city, State, and zip code.

NOTE:  A post office address is not acceptable for the purpose of applying for an Airman Certificate, unless the applicant resides on a rural route, a boat, or in some other manner that requires the use of a P.O. Box, rural route, or personal mailbox for an address. If the applicant uses a P.O. Box, rural route, personal mailbox, or business address as the preferred mailing address, the applicant must furnish a map or written directions to his or her residence, or furnish the actual residence address.

NOTE:  These directions are not required for Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) type addresses.

L.  Have you ever had an Airman Certificate suspended or revoked?—Applicant must check either the “YES” box or the “NO” box. (Refer to requirements in § 65.11.)

M.  Do you now or have you ever held an FAA Airman Certificate?—Applicant must check either the “YES” box or the “NO” box. If “YES,” specify the type of certificate held.

N.  Have you ever been convicted for violation of any Federal or State statutes pertaining to narcotic drugs, marijuana, and depressant or stimulant drugs or substances?—Applicant must check either the “YES” box or the “NO” box. If “YES,” the applicant must give the “Date Of Final Conviction” using an 8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year (MM/DD/YYYY)). Refer to § 65.12.

Section III: Record of Experience

For inspection ratings, the applicant must provide in block III, Record of Experience, under Employer and Location, the training course, course number, and date of completion, and under Type of Work Performed, the registration number, serial number, and class of ELSA the applicant owns. An applicant who owns multiple ELSA (in the same or different classes) may apply for adding additional aircraft. When adding additional aircraft, the applicant will check the “Added Rating” box on a new application form and list the additional aircraft in block III. All aircraft the certificate holder owns may be listed on one Repairman Certificate (e.g., “Class—airplane, N161TB, Serial No. CH2‑9‑0990‑0888”).

NOTE:  “Dates: Month and Year” blocks on left side in this section are not used for light‑sport repairman purposes. All dates for LSA course completion will use an 8‑digit format (Month, Day, Year, (MM/DD/YYYY)).

NOTE:  For maintenance ratings, the applicant must provide in block III the class(es) of SLSA to be maintained, entity name that provided the training, and the light‑sport repairman maintenance (LSRM) number and graduation date.

Section IV: Applicant’s Certification—Item A & Item B

Item A—Signature: The applicant signs FAA Form 8610‑2; he or she normally signs his or her name above or beside his or her typed or printed name. For verification purposes, the inspector will require the applicant to provide identification showing a photograph (e.g., a current U.S. driver’s license, U.S. military identification, or passport). Record the name and number of the document used for verification in the “Remarks” section.

NOTE:  If the applicant uses a driver’s license as the verification method, the “Remarks” section must include the State that issued the license and expiration date. Additional information regarding mailing address and place of residence may have to be attached as stated in subparagraph 5‑1257A1), as applicable.

NOTE:  AFS‑760 no longer requires that the applicant fill out the “Applicant’s Certification” section, box A or B, on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610‑2 for a Repairman Certificate, unless the date of issue on the temporary certificate and the applicant’s certification in block IV are not the same date.

Figure 5-138D.  Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8610‑2

Figure 5-138D. Sample Application Form (Light-Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8610-2

Figure 5-138D.  Sample Application Form (Light‑Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8610‑2 (Continued)

Figure 5-138D. Sample Application Form (Light-Sport Aircraft), FAA Form 8610-2 (Continued)

5-1258    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record.

B.    Issue the Temporary Certificate. After determining that the applicant meets all the requirements for certification, approve the application by signing it. Complete FAA Form 8060‑4 in duplicate.

NOTE:  The date of issue on the temporary certificate must be the same date the Airworthiness ASI signed in his or her report on the back of FAA Form 8610‑2.

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1)    Give the applicant a completed FAA Form 8060‑4. Both the applicant and the inspector must sign this form.
2)    Send FAA Form 8610‑2, the original typed FAA Form 8060‑4, and copies of the LSA training certificates to AFS‑760 within 10 business days. Complete the “FAA Inspector’s Report” section on the reverse side of FAA Form 8610‑2. Ensure the “Approved” box is marked and the approval date (same date as the temporary certificate), inspector’s signature, and the FAA district office are entered. Ensure the method of identification is shown in the “Remarks” section.

C.    Deny Certificate. If you disapprove the application, return it to the applicant with a letter explaining the denial.

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D.    Change of Name/Nationality/DOB/Gender. If surrendering a certificate due to name, nationality, DOB, or gender change, the applicant must first make an appointment with an FAA inspector. The inspector will positively identify the applicant and review all court documents reflecting the change. The applicant must complete FAA Form 8610‑2 (sections I and IV). On approval, the inspector will issue a temporary airman certificate to the applicant. Go to the following website to see the latest required documents for these actions: https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/name_change/.

E.    Reconstruction of Lost Certification Files.

1)    A copy of the original FAA Form 8610‑2 and FAA Form 8060‑4 with signatures on both forms is required. If no copy exists, provide the information that appeared on the original application on a new FAA Form 8610‑2 and FAA Form 8060‑4, complete with new signatures but with the original dates (applicant and inspector).
2)    In the upper right‑hand block of FAA Form 8610‑2, place the wording “Reconstructed File” in red ink.
3)    Forward all information regarding the certification file through the FSDO to: FAA, Attn: Airmen Certification Branch (AFS‑760), P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.

NOTE:  There is no need to mail an emergency field‑issue temporary certificate with the reconstructed file package. Maintain these at the FSDO.

5-1259    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. See Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2 to correct any safety issues, aircraft standard deviations, or regulatory maintenance noncompliance.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 5‑1260 through 5‑1275.