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Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

General Information - Who May Be Certified

Age Requirements

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:

  1. Airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate: 23 years
  2. Commercial pilot certificate: 18 years
  3. 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).

Language Requirements

There is no language requirement for Medical Certification.

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