FAA Finalizes Recurrent Aircraft Registration Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized its recurrent registration rule today, July 19, 2010.  The rule requires re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that.

The FAA specified a schedule in the rule that establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010. For aircraft registration certificates issued on or after Oct. 1, 2010, the FAA decided to allow those certificates to be good for three years with the expiration date clearly shown.

The intent of the new rules, FAA Adminstrator Randy Babbitt asserted was to give the FAA “more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry.”

Current regulations do not have an expiration date, and only require owners to update their registration information to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address.  The result has been that many owners do not comply with those requirements.  Under the new regulations, if an owner does not re-register or renew his/her aircraft, the FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft.

The schedule for re-registration and registration expiration is:

Re-registration and registration expiration
Certificate issued (Any year) Certificate expires Re-registration required
March March 31, 2011 Nov. 1, 2010–Jan. 31, 2011
April June 30, 2011 Feb. 1–April 30, 2011
May Sept. 30, 2011 May 1– July 31, 2011
June Dec. 31, 2011 Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2011
July March 31, 2012 Nov. 1, 2011–Jan. 31, 2012
August June 30, 2012 Feb. 1– April 30, 2012
September Sept. 30, 2012 May 1– July 31, 2012
October Dec. 31, 2012 Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2012
November March 31, 2013 Nov. 1, 2012–Jan. 31, 2013
December June 30, 2013 Feb. 1– April 30, 2013
January Sept. 30, 2013 May 1– July 31, 2013
February Dec. 31, 2013 Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2013

The final rule can be found at: http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx#regular

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