Application Process for Medical Certification
General Information - Who May Be Certified
There is no age restriction or aviation experience requirement for medical certification. Any applicant who qualifies medically may be issued a Medical Certificate regardless of age.
There are, however, minimum age requirements for the various airman certificates (i.e., pilot license certificates) are defined in 14 CFR part 61, Certification: Pilots and Flight Instructors, and Ground Inspectors as follows:
- Airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate: 23 years
- Commercial pilot certificate: 18 years
- Private pilot certificate: powered aircraft - 17 years; gliders and balloons - 16 years
Note: As of April 1, 2016 (per Final Rule [81 FR 1292]), AMEs will no longer be able to issue the combined FAA Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate. See Student Pilot Rule Change (PDF).
There is no language requirement for Medical Certification.