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FAA Final Rule re: Aircraft Registration Certificates

The FAA announced on March 16, 2023 their final rule extending aircraft registration certificates by releasing Notice 8900.652. A link to the notice is provided below along with a link to the revised section in 14 CFR Part 47.


In summary, the final rule and revised regulation extends aircraft registration certificates expiry date from 3 years to 7 years for those issued after January 23, 2023. Temporary authority to operate with the signed/dated registration application no longer expires after 90 days, and is valid until the FAA either sends the registration hard card or denies the registration application. (Letters of extension are no longer required, as they will no longer be issued by the registry.)


Important Note: The aircraft "fly wire" temporary registration or hard card is still required to fly outside the U.S. Aircraft cannot be flown outside the U.S. with the registration application.


Extracted from Notice 8900.652, the following changes are effective January 23, 2023:


1. Certificates Issued After January 23, 2023. All aircraft registration certificates issued after January 23, 2023, will expire 7 years from the date of issuance.


2. Certificates Valid on January 23, 2023. On January 23, 2023, all valid registrations will expire 7 years from the date of issuance. The registry intends to send new registration certificates to all aircraft owners before the expiration date on current certificates. The new registration certificates will have the correct expiration date.


3. Temporary Authority. The temporary authority to operate an airworthy U.S. aircraft within the United States without registration (i.e., while carrying a copy of the signed application in the aircraft) will no longer expire after 90 days.


FAA Final Rule Affecting Expiration Dates of Aircraft Registration Certificates


14 CFR Part 47 Subpart B, Certificates of Aircraft Registration § 47.31 Application


FAA Registration Website




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