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Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification - Applicant History

This section contains guidance for items on the Medical History and General Information page of FAA Form 8500-8, Application for Airman Medical Certificate.

  1. AME Guidance for Positive Identification of Airmen and Application Distribution Procedures
  2. Prior to the examination
  3. After the Applicant Completes the Medical History of the FAA Form 8500-8

Application Items

Item(s) Description
1-2 Application For: Class of Medical Certificate Applied For
3-10 Items 3-10 on the FAA Form 8500-8 must be entered as identification. While most are self-explanatory (as indicated in the MedXPress drop-down menus next to individual items) specific instructions include:
Last Name; First Name; Middle Name
Social Security Number (SSN)
Address and Telephone Number
Date of Birth
Color of Hair
Color of Eyes
Type of Airman Certificate(s) You Hold
11-12 Occupation, Employer
13 Has Your FAA Airman Medical Certificate Ever Been Denied, Suspended, or Revoked?
14-15 Total Pilot Time
16 Date of Last FAA Medical Application
17 a Do You Currently Use Any Medication (Prescription or Nonprescription)?
17 b Do You Ever Use Near Vision Contact Lens(es) While Flying?
18 Medical History
19 Visits to Health Professional Within Last 3 Years
20 Applicant's National Driver Register and Certifying Declaration

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