For Immediate Release

July 19, 2010
Contact: Les Dorr or Alison Duquette
Phone: 202-267-3883

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to create a more accurate aircraft registration database, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that.

The rule establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule. All aircraft registration certificates issued on or after Oct. 1, 2010 will be good for three years with the expiration date clearly shown.

“These improvements will give us more up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

Current regulations require owners to report the sale of an aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address, but many owners have not complied with those requirements.

Re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft by Dec. 31, 2013 will enhance the database with current data derived from recent contact with aircraft owners. The new regulations also will ensure that aircraft owners give the FAA fresh information at least once every three years when they renew their registration. The FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft that are not re-registered or renewed.

The schedule for re-registration and registration expiration is:

Re-registration and registration expiration
Certificate issued (Any year)Certificate expiresRe-registration required
MarchMarch 31, 2011Nov. 1, 2010–Jan. 31, 2011
AprilJune 30, 2011Feb. 1–April 30, 2011
MaySept. 30, 2011May 1– July 31, 2011
JuneDec. 31, 2011Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2011
JulyMarch 31, 2012Nov. 1, 2011–Jan. 31, 2012
AugustJune 30, 2012Feb. 1– April 30, 2012
SeptemberSept. 30, 2012May 1– July 31, 2012
OctoberDec. 31, 2012Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2012
NovemberMarch 31, 2013Nov. 1, 2012–Jan. 31, 2013
DecemberJune 30, 2013Feb. 1– April 30, 2013
JanuarySept. 30, 2013May 1– July 31, 2013
FebruaryDec. 31, 2013Aug. 1– Oct. 31, 2013

The final rule can be found at: