Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification

General Information - Who May Be Certified

Age Requirements

Medical Certification. 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.

The AME may issue any class of medical certificate without regard to age to any applicant who meets the appropriate medical standards.

There is a maximum age requirement for certain air carrier pilots. This is an operational requirement, not a medical certification requirement.

Pilot Certification (i.e., pilot license certificate). Minimum age requirements are defined in 14 CFR part 61 and vary by type of certificate. See Certification: Pilots and Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors.

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.

Last updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2023