- We are processing documents received on approximately
October 27, 2023.
- Remote Identification (RID) Compliance
- The FAA is extending the duration of aircraft registration certificates from three to seven years, effective January 23, 2023.
- The FAA Registry is now offering limited online aircraft registration services. Individual aircraft owners can complete self-guided aircraft registration applications, upload legal and supplemental documents, receive auto-generated notification, request aircraft registration N- Numbers, use modernized online payment options, receive instant notification of payment, and digitally sign Aircraft Registration Applications. Services will be continuously improved. View the user guide (PDF) for additional resources.
- The Federal Aviation Administration accepts documents containing digital signatures by email. The documents may be submitted electronically as an attachment to an email at email@example.com. Documents signed in ink must be submitted by U.S. Post Office or commercial delivery services. The link to Contact the Aircraft Registration Branch provides our contact information including our mailing and physical addresses. Any questions can be by email Aircraft Registration Branch, or you can call 1-866-762-9434, or 405-954-3116.
- The Registry will no longer issue letters of extension, effective January 23, 2023. The FAA revised 14 CFR 47.31(c)(1) removing the time limit within which the FAA must either issue a letter extending the temporary authority to continue to operate or deny the application. The Aircraft Registration Application (Pink Copy) is valid until the applicant receives the aircraft registration certificate, application is denied by the FAA, or 12 months have elapsed during which the registration is pending on the aircraft.
- AC 8050-1 – Aircraft Registration Application
- AC 8050-1B – Aircraft Registration Renewal Application
- AC 8050-88 – Affidavit of Ownership
- AC 8050-88A – Affidavit of Ownership for Light-Sport Aircraft
- AC 8050-98 – Aircraft Security Agreement
- AC 8050-2 – Bill of Sale
- AC 8050-4 – Certificate of Repossession
- REGAR-ADCHG-1 – Aircraft Owner Change of Address Notification Form (PDF)
- AC 8050-5 – Dealer's Application
- REGAR-DIO-1 – Declaration of International Operations (PDF)
- REGAR-HEIR-1 – Heir-At-Law Form (PDF)
- REGAR-93 – Information in Recording of Aircraft Ownership and Security Documents (PDF)
- REGAR-124E – Information to Aid in the Cancellation for Export of United States Registered Aircraft (PDF)
- REGAR-124I – Information to Aid in the Registration of Imported Aircraft (PDF)
- REGAR-94 – Information to Aid in the Registration of U.S. Civil Aircraft (PDF)
- AC 8050-135 – International Registry Entry Form
- REGAR-LLC-1 – Limited Liability Company (LLC) Registration Information Sheet (PDF)
All signatures should include the typed or printed name of each signer in or adjacent to the signature block. We will return any Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1 that does not include the printed or typed name of the signer.
- About Aircraft Records
- Aircraft Registration and Recordation Processes (PDF)
- Aircraft Registration Information
- Cape Town Treaty - International Registry
- Check for Valid or In-Question Registration Status
- Export an Aircraft
- Imported Aircraft
- Light Sport Aircraft
- Aircraft Owned by a Limited Liability Company (LLC) (PDF)
- Aircraft Owner under a Personal or Family Trust
- Amateur Built Aircraft
- Registration for Aircraft Committed to International Operation
- Record a Security Agreement / Chattel Mortgage
- Record an Aircraft Lien
- Clear Title
- Unmanned Aircraft Registration
Effective January 23, 2023, if your registration certificate expires after this date, the registration certificate will automatically be extended an additional 4 years.
A new certificate with the new expiration date will be sent to you.
Aircraft with an expired registration, airworthiness certification is considered ineffective. Without registration, the aircraft is not authorized for flight. Once registration is restored, the airworthiness certificate not having been surrendered, revoked or terminated would become effective again provided the aircraft is otherwise compliant with maintenance, inspections, and any other requirements for an effective airworthiness. If you have further questions please contact an airworthiness inspector through your nearest Flight Standards District Office.
- Civil Aviation Registry Electronic Services (CARES)
- CARES User Guides
- CARES User Videos
- Change the Address on a Registration Certificate
- N-Numbers – Reserve, Renew, Change
- Replacement Aircraft Registration Certificate
The Federal Aviation Administration accepts documents containing digital signatures by email. The documents may be submitted electronically as an attachment to an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents signed in ink must be submitted by U.S. Post Office or commercial delivery services. The link to Contact the Aircraft Registration Branch provides our contact information including our mailing and physical addresses. Any questions can be by email Aircraft Registration Branch, or you can call 1-866-762-9434, or 405-954-3116.
How do I search aircraft records?
Will I receive a registration certificate due to the new 3-7 year renewal?
The Registry started automatically reissuing certificates, for aircraft in valid status on January 23, 2023. All aircraft in valid status with expiration date January 31, 2023 – December 31, 2023 are extended an extra 4 years. We intend to reissue registration certificates affected by this Rule, no later than November 30, 2023. The certificate will be mailed to the address in our records. To report an address change click here.
Do I need a letter of extension?
The Registry will no longer issue letters of extension, effective January 23, 2023. The FAA revised 14 CFR 47.31(c)(1) removing the time limit within which the FAA must either issue a letter extending the temporary authority to continue to operate or deny the application. The Aircraft Registration Application (“Pink Copy”) is valid until the applicant receives the aircraft registration certificate, application is denied by the FAA, or 12 months have elapsed during which the registration is pending on the aircraft.
How do I schedule a visit to the Public Documents Room for aircraft records research?
- U.S. Citizens must schedule their visit no less than two days before their planned arrival.
- Foreign Nationals must schedule their visit three weeks before their planned arrival.
On the day of your scheduled visit, check-in at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Visitors Center. A current state- or government- issued photo ID is required to confirm your visit and receive a visitor's pass. If your arrival will be delayed by more than two days, you must reschedule your visit.
The public documents room is open on all federal work days from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Central Time, and is located in the Registry Building, Room 122, 6425 South Denning Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Most reviewable data is available on the aircraft registration web site, and individual aircraft records may be ordered online.
What aircraft are eligible for registration in the United States?
What should I consider when buying a surplus military aircraft?
Certain surplus military aircraft are not eligible for FAA airworthiness certification in the standard, restricted, or limited classifications. Since you can't fly civil aircraft unless it's certificated as airworthy, you should discuss this with an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) at your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). This person can advise you on airworthiness certification procedures. An additional source for advice on amateur-built and surplus military aircraft is the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), located in Oshkosh, WI. You can reach them at (414) 426-4800.
Can new Airworthiness Directives and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins about my aircraft and its engines be sent to me by e-mail?
Yes! You can subscribe to ADs and SAIBs at the FAA Document Regulatory System (DRS). Current and historical ADs are also available through DRS.
How do I replace my lost or worn out Certificate of Airworthiness?
Your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) processes replacement airworthiness certificates.
How do I find the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)?
You can use our FSDO locator to find your local FSDO office. FSDOs are also listed in the U.S. government pages of your local telephone book under Federal Aviation Administration.
How can I find out if the Aircraft Registration Branch received my registration documents?
You can check to see if the Aircraft Registration Branch received your documents using the Document Index search located on the Aircraft Inquiry page accessed by selecting the Search Aircraft Registration Information link from the main menu or the "Top Tasks" feature.
How long does it take to process aircraft registration documents?
In compliance with statutory requirements, documents are worked in the order we receive them. You can find the current processing date here.
How do I report my stolen aircraft?
Stolen aircraft should be reported to your local law enforcement agency. Ask that they report the theft to the National Crime Information Center, as this will initiate notifications to the appropriate government offices. If enough time has passed that the return of the aircraft is no longer expected, the owner should write to the Aircraft Registration Branch requesting that the registration for this aircraft be canceled. The request should fully describe the aircraft, indicate the reason for cancellation, be signed in ink by the owner and show a title for the signer if appropriate.
Where do N-numbers come from?
The U.S. received the "N" as its nationality designator under the International Air Navigation Convention, held in 1919. The Convention prescribed an aircraft-marking scheme of a single letter indicating nationality followed by a hyphen and four identity letters (for example, G-REMS). The five letters together were to be the aircraft's radio call sign. Read more about N-number history.
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time
Part 47 (forms based) Aircraft Registration / N-Number Information and Assistance
Toll Free Long Distance (866) 762-9434
International & Local Oklahoma City Area (405) 954-3116
Government FTS (405) 954-3116
Aircraft Registration Branch – for part 47 Registration and N-number Questions
By U.S. Postal Service, Regular and Priority Mail:FAA Aircraft Registration Branch
P.O. Box 25504
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0504
By Commercial Delivery Services:FAA Aircraft Registration Branch
Registry Building Room 118
6425 South Denning
Oklahoma City, OK 73169-6937
In Person for Aircraft Records Research:
Aircraft registration records may be reviewed in the Registry's Public Documents Room, at the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For information about scheduling a visit, see the "How do I schedule a visit to the Public Documents Room for aircraft records research?" in the Aircraft Registration FAQs.
Unmanned Aircraft Registration:
- Learn more about how to register an Unmanned Aircraft (UA)
- Register an Unmanned Aircraft (UA) online at FAADroneZone (must weigh less than 55 pounds)