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Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

General Information - Validity of Medical Certificates

An airman medical certificate is valid only with the original signature of the AME who performed the examination or digital signature of an authorized FAA physician (e.g., Regional Flight Surgeon, manager of the Aerospace Medical Certification Division, Federal Air Surgeon).

  1. First Class Medical Certificate: A first class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus
    • 6 calendar months for operations requiring a first class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 12-calendar months for operations requiring a first-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination, or
    • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second class medical certificate, or
    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

  2. Second Class Medical Certificate: A second class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus
    • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second class medical certificate, or
    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

  3. Third Class Medical Certificate: A third-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue; plus
    • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
    • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination.

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