1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice explains the procedures
to process a Student Pilot Certificate application for an applicant with intentions
of exercising pilot-in-command (PIC) privileges on their 16th birthday when
seeking an airplane, rotorcraft, airship, weight-shift-control, powered parachute,
or powered lift rating privilege (or their 14th birthday when seeking balloon
or glider rating privileges).
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice includes all
aviation safety inspectors (ASI) and aviation safety technicians (AST) at a
Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE), and
any other qualified individual authorized to process student pilot applications.
The secondary audience includes Flight Standards branches and divisions in the
regions and in headquarters (HQ).
3. Where You Can Find This Notice. You can find this notice on
the MyFAA employee website at
can access this notice through the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at
can find this notice on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Web site at
notice is available to the public at
a. Public Law 108-458. On December 17, 2004, the President signed
Public Law 108-458, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA).
Section 4022 of that law requires the FAA to issue improved pilot certificates
that are resistant to tampering; include a photograph; and are capable of accommodating
a digital photograph, a biometric identifier, or any other unique identifier
the FAA Administrator considers necessary. In section 4012(a)(1) of the IRTPA,
Congress required the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in coordination
with the FAA, to ensure that individuals are vetted against the terrorist watch
lists prior to the issuance of an FAA certificate.
b. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). On November 19, 2010,
the FAA published an NPRM (75 FR 70871) titled “Photo Requirements for Pilot
Certificates.” The NPRM proposed to fulfill the requirements of sections 4012
and 4022 of the IRTPA by requiring a photo of the pilot on all plastic pilot
certificates, including Student Pilot Certificates. After the NPRM proposal,
the FAA withdrew the requirement for a photograph and responds to section 4012
of the IRTPA to facilitate security vetting of all Student Pilot Certificate
applicants before the FAA issues a Student Pilot Certificate.
c. Timeframe Feedback. This final rule published January 12,
2016 and became effective April 1, 2016. The FAA began to get feedback from
student pilot applicants with intentions of exercising PIC privileges on their
eligibility birthday. Due to the timeframe required to process the student pilot
application to ensure the TSA vetting process, student pilots were not able
to exercise PIC privileges on their birthday because their Student Pilot Certificate was not processed in time.
d. Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)
Update. This notice provides procedures to allow for student applications
to be processed by qualified individuals to allow for the exercise of PIC privileges
on the applicant’s eligibility birthday until the FAA can update the processing
path in the IACRA. The FAA projects the needed update to IACRA will be complete by November 1, 2016.
5. Guidance. Qualified individuals processing student pilot applications
for applicants with intentions of exercising PIC privileges should follow the following procedures.
a. Submission of Application. Applicants for a Student Pilot
Certificate may submit a paper FAA
Form 8710‑1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating
Application, to a qualified individual through a face‑to‑face interaction up
to 90 days prior to their 16th birthday when seeking an airplane, rotorcraft,
airship, weight‑shift‑control, powered parachute, or powered lift rating privilege
(or up to 90 days prior to their 14th birthday when seeking balloon or glider
rating privileges). This form can be found at
Note: The FAA cannot ensure adequate processing time for applications submitted
less than 30 days prior to the applicant’s eligibility birthday. The applicants
are encouraged to allow as much time as possible for application processing time.
b. Ensure Completion of Application. The qualified individual
must ensure an applicant completes and signs FAA Form
accordance with the instruction page and FAA Order 8900.1,
Volume 5, Chapter 1, Section 3.
Note: The applicant can review the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBR) and acknowledge
receipt of this information during the application procedure. The PBR notification is part of FAA
Form 8710-1 and
the applicant acknowledges receipt through signing the application. If the
applicant has any questions regarding PBR, refer them to the FAA Web page on this topic
(https://www.faa.gov/pilots/rights/), or to
the Compliance Philosophy Brochure that discusses PBR (accessible at
c. Verify Applicant’s Identity. The qualified individual must
verify an applicant’s identity by inspecting an acceptable form of identification.
Compare the identification with the personal information provided on FAA Form 8710‑1. For
additional guidance on acceptable forms of identification, please
refer to the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC)
Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors, appendix 2.
d. Ensure Applicant Meets Eligibility Requirements. The qualified
individual must ensure the applicant meets the FAA Aviation English Language
Proficiency (FAA AELP) standards (refer to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
61.83) and medical qualifications (refer to §
61.23). The current edition of AC
English Language Skill Standards Required by 14 CFR Parts
and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Web site
are available resources to assist the qualified individual in determining if
the applicant meets the FAA AELP standards.
Note: A medical certificate is not required for the processing of a Student
Pilot Certificate application. Inform the applicant of the medical requirements
prior to exercising PIC privileges if soloing an aircraft other than a glider or balloon.
e. Accept Application. The qualified individual should complete
the “Instructor Action,” “Aviation Safety Inspector or Technician Report,” or
“Designated Examiner or Airman Certification Representative Report” section, as appropriate, of FAA Form
8710‑1 by checking the “Accepted-Student Pilot Application”
box and signing. The qualified individual who provides the PBR as part of the FAA Form
who otherwise observed the applicant review the PBR notification,
may check the box that states “I have personally delivered the Written Notification
under the Pilot’s Bill of Rights to the applicant.”
f. English Language Proficiency. The qualified individual should
also check the “Meets FAA Aviation English Language Proficiency” box at the
bottom of the last page of the application. If the applicant cannot read, speak,
write, or understand the English language for reasons other than medical disability,
then the application for a Student Pilot Certificate should be processed on FAA Form
checking the “Rejected Student Pilot Application” box in
the appropriate section and the “Does Not Meet FAA Aviation English Language
Proficiency” box at the bottom of the last page. The applicant should be reported
to the jurisdictional FSDO. Explain to the applicant that they will need to
be evaluated by an FAA safety inspector and provide them contact information
for the jurisdictional FSDO. The jurisdictional FSDO mailing information can be found at
Note: If an applicant does not meet the FAA AELP eligibility requirements of §
do not check the accepted box. The accepted box should only be checked
once it is determined that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.
Check the “Rejected Student Pilot Application” box and continue processing the
application. The terms “accept” and “reject” are used to notify the Airmen Certification
Branch (AFS‑760) if the applicant does or does not meet the requirements for
the issuance of a Student Pilot Certificate. If the applicant does not meet
the eligibility requirements, the application should still be processed and
mailed to the jurisdictional FSDO or AFS-760, as appropriate.
g. Forward the Application to the FSDO. DPEs, Airman Certification
Representatives (ACR), and certificated flight instructors (CFI) should forward
the completed application to the jurisdictional FSDO.
Note: All paper applications must have the jurisdictional FSDO sign off,
including those that are processed by CFIs.
h. Notify Applicant. The qualified individual should notify an
applicant that AFS‑760 will typically process a Student Pilot Certificate in
approximately three weeks from the date of receiving the application, provided
that initial security vetting by the TSA indicates that the applicant is security-eligible for the certificate.
i. Temporary Authorization. For the applicant to exercise PIC
privileges of the Student Pilot Certificate on the applicant’s eligibility birthdate,
the applicant should print a temporary authorization to operate from the FAA online service at
This authorization is valid for no more than 60 days or until the applicant’s
permanent Student Pilot Certificate arrives via mail.
Note: Depending on the aircraft category the applicant intends to solo,
a medical certificate may be required to exercise PIC privileges.
6. Disposition. We will incorporate the information in this notice
into FAA Order 8900.1 before this notice expires. Direct questions concerning
the information in this notice to the General Aviation and Commercial Division
(AFS-800) at 202-267-1100.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ John Barbagallo
Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service