Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

General Information - AME Completion

  • Date the medical certificate to reflect the date the medical examination was performed, NOT the date of import, issuance, or transmission.
  • Limitations must be selected from the list in the Aerospace Medical Certification System (AMCS). Additional limitations may NOT be typed/written in.
  • Signatures: Each medical certificate must be fully completed prior to being signed.
    • Both the AME and applicant must sign the medical certificate in ink.
    • The applicant must sign before leaving the AME's office.
  • Give only ONE certificate to the airman.
  • Use AMCS generated certificates only.
  • Transmit the exam electronically to the FAA using AMCS within 14 days.
  • The following are NOT valid
    • Copies of medical certificates;
    • Typewriter or handwritten certificates;
    • Obviously corrected certificates; or
    • Paper 8500-8 certificates (any remaining paper forms should be destroyed by the AME).
  • Replacement medical certificates must be issued by the FAA.
  • Medical Certificate Limitations (PDF)
Last updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2024