This Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2010, Page 41968. All changes established by this rule are effective October 1, 2010. This rule establishes specific registration expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before October 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule. All aircraft registrations issued on or after October 1, 2010, will be good for three years with the expiration date clearly shown.
About one-third of today's 357,000 registered aircraft have inaccurate records. At least 100,000 of these are not expected to re-register. Prompt reporting of a change in aircraft ownership, mailing address, or destruction has long been required by registration regulations. Without these reports from the owners the aircraft records could not be updated. The Registry has revoked registrations due to unreported changes; however, this process is slow and expensive. In many cases registration would be revoked, but owners whose notices were undeliverable would be unaware and continue to operate their now unregistered aircraft.
Re-registration of eligible aircraft takes place between October 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013, updating the U.S. Civil Aircraft Register with current data derived from recent contact with aircraft owners. Renewal of registration every third year, with other new tools, enables the Aircraft Registration Branch (Registry) to keep aircraft registration information current.
"These improvements will give us better knowledge about the state of the aviation industry, especially general aviation," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "We also are responding to calls from law enforcement and other government agencies for more accurate, up-to-date registration data."
Re-registration, renewal and expiration will clear inactive aircraft from the database. The availability of on-line processing to many owners, and periodic FAA reminders to renew the certificate, should maintain the gains in accuracy and currency. This is essential to safety, regulatory enforcement, and all levels of law enforcement.
|If the Certificate was issued in:||The certificate expires on:||The owner must apply for re-registration between these dates, - to allow delivery of a new certificate before expiration.|
|Marchof any year||March 31, 2011||November 1, 2010||and January 31, 2011|
|April of any year||June 30, 2011||February 1, 2011||and April 30, 2011|
|May of any year||September 30, 2011||May 1, 2011||and July 31, 2011|
|June of any year||December 31, 2011||August 1, 2011||and October 31, 2011|
|July of any year||March 31, 2012||November 1, 2011||and January 31, 2012|
|August of any year||June 30, 2012||February 1, 2012||and April 30, 2012|
|September of any year||September 30, 2012||May 1, 2012||and July 31, 2012|
|October of any year||December 31, 2012||August 1, 2012||and October 31, 2012|
|November of any year||March 31, 2013||November 1, 2012||and January 31, 2013|
|December of any year||June 30, 2013||February 1, 2013||and April 30, 2013|
|January of any year||September 30, 2013||May 1, 2013||and July 31, 2013|
|February of any year||December 31, 2013||August 1, 2013||and October 31, 2013|
The first re-registration notices were sent on or shortly after October 1, 2010, for aircraft that were registered in March of any year. These aircraft are assigned an expiration date of March 31, 2011. The owners of these aircraft must apply for re-registration between November 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011, their assigned timely filing window.
If aircraft registration has expired and a re-registration certificate has not been issued, received, and placed in the aircraft, then the aircraft is without authority to operate.
Aircraft registration certificates issued on or after October 1, 2010, will show an expiration date.
Aircraft registration issued under re-registration expires three years after the last day of the month in which it is issued.
Aircraft registration issued due to renewal expires three years from the expiration date of the previous certificate.
Aircraft registration issued to a new, import, or reinstated aircraft entering or re-entering the U.S. Civil Aircraft Register expires three years after the last day of the month in which it is issued.
When an aircraft is not re-registered or the registration is not renewed, the cancellation of the N-number assigned to that aircraft will take place approximately 90 days after the expiration of an aircraft's registration. Upon cancellation, an N-number will be unavailable for assignment or reservation for a period of five years.
If aircraft registration has expired and the N-number has been canceled, application may be made to register the aircraft under 14 CFR § 47.31, using the standard application for registration and payment of the $5 registration fee. The process to reinstate a previously registered aircraft remains unchanged.
When a post office or drop box is used as a mailing address, the street or physical address of the applicant must be entered on the aircraft registration application.
With these changes the Registry and other system users will be better able to distinguish between validly registered aircraft and unregistered aircraft as the time aircraft are in transitional statuses will be limited.
Page Last Modified: 03/19/13 14:20 EDT
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