An aircraft is eligible for U.S. Registration if it is not registered in another country and it is owned by:

  • a U.S. citizen as defined in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 47.2.
  • a Resident Alien (foreign individual lawfully admitted for permanent U.S. residence
  • a U.S. governmental unit or subdivision
  • a non-citizen corporation lawfully organized and doing business under the laws of the U.S. or one of the States as long as the aircraft is based and primarily used in the U.S. (60% of all flight hours must be from flights starting and ending within the U.S.)

An aircraft may be registered only by and in the legal name of its owner.

Registering Your Aircraft
To register an aircraft send the following to the Aircraft Registration Branch:

  • an Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1
  • evidence of ownership (such as a bill of sale)
  • the $5.00 registration fee made payable to the Federal Aviation Administration
You must use an original Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1. We do not accept photocopies or computer-generated copies of this form. Aircraft Registration Applications may be obtained from the Aircraft Registration Branch or your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). If you use a P.O. Box as a mailing address, you must also provide your street or physical location on the application.

Your application for aircraft registration must include the typed or printed name of each applicant with their signature in the signature block. We will return any applications that do not include the printed or typed name of the signer.

Mail Us Your Registration

Additional Information for
Aircraft Owned by a Limited Liability Corporation (PDF, 9 KB)
Aircraft Owned under a Personal or Family Trust
Amateur Built Aircraft
Imported Aircraft
Light Sport Aircraft
Registration for Aircraft Committed to International Operation

For more information, review Information to Aid in the Registration of U.S. Civil Aircraft (PDF, 36 KB) or contact the Aircraft Registration Branch.