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The FAA Civil Aviation Registry Online

Register Your Aircraft Online

Create an account, register your aircraft, and make payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the features provided by CARES in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Get Started

Set up a new account and register an aircraft or login and maintain your existing aircraft data.

Individuals, Corporations and LLCs can submit their aircraft registration applications online through the FAA’s new Civil Aircraft Registry Electronic Services (CARES) platform. Users can:

  • Complete and digitally sign self-guided aircraft registration applications
  • Upload legal and supplemental documents 
  • Receive auto-generated notifications 
  • Request aircraft registration N numbers
  • Make online payments

Future releases will enable the certification of all U.S. airmen and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Future phases of the Congressionally mandated initiative will serve FAA certificate-holders such as pilots and mechanics.  

Getting Started

Sign up for a CARES account at the CARES site online. Our user guides for Individuals and Corporate and LLC accounts detail how to sign up and use the system. 

You will need the following to set up an account:

  • An email address
  • An official government identification 
  • A mobile phone
  • Free download and approved authenticator app
  • Method of payment

The preferred method of authenticating you for access is using the last 4 digits of your Social Security number and downloading the free Google Authenticator application. An authenticator app provides an additional layer of security that protects you and your data.

You may use other forms of government identification to verify your identity; however, the process may take a little longer. These methods will require you to upload pictures of your government documents using your mobile phone. You may also use a different authenticator app, such as OKTA Verify. FAA accepts multiple electronic payment methods for aircraft registrations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I still be able to submit paper registration documents?

Yes. FAA will still accept paper submissions as it builds out the platform.

When will fees be updated and how will they change?

There will be no fee changes at this time. As the system is deployed, the FAA will perform a cost analysis. If the cost analysis warrants any changes in fees, that will be communicated to stakeholders (and may require rulemaking). 

What are the future plans for IACRA?

The Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) will continue to be available and supported until all the new capabilities related to airmen certification are fully deployed.

Can I use the system without downloading an app to my mobile phone?

No. The use of the authenticator app provides multi-factor authentication of your account (an additional layer of security for your access to your data). If you are not already familiar with it, you will start seeing it more as many organizations that use secure accounts adapt to its use.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the help desk.