Comments On NPRM Due February 17
The FAA announced Thursday it is proposing that all pilot
certificates include photos of the certificate holder. This
action follows a requirement that all pilot certificates be made of
plastic and contain security features, such as a hologram and an
ultraviolet-sensitive layer, to prevent tampering, altering and
"The Department of Transportation is committed to keeping the
traveling public safe," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
"This is an important safeguard to help make sure individuals can't
pose as pilots, whatever their intentions."
Under the new FAA proposal, pilots would obtain new certificates
on which their photograph would appear with a proposed expiration
date of eight years. At the end of that time period, pilots would
need to update their photo and obtain a new certificate. "Our
current certificates are plastic and tamper-resistant, but this
proposal will make them even more secure," said FAA Administrator
If the proposal is finalized as proposed, all new airman
certificates and flight instructor certificates would have to
include a photograph. Existing pilots with a current commercial
pilot certificate would have four years to comply, while a pilot
with an airline transport pilot rating would have three years to
obtain a new certificate with a photo. Existing private,
recreational or sport pilot certificate holders would have five
years to comply with the new requirement.
Current FAA Plastic Pilot Certificate
If finalized, the resulting final regulation will fulfill a
provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act,
which requires the FAA to issue plastic, tamper-resistant pilot
certificates with photos.
Under the proposal, the cost of the new pilot certificate would
be $22. That amount is comparable to drivers' license fees in many
states and would have to be renewed every eight years.
The comment period for the proposed rule ends February 17, 2011.
The rule is on display at the Federal Register.