Aircraft Registration

Import an Aircraft

To register an imported aircraft, you must provide the following:

  • a statement by the official having jurisdiction over the National Aircraft Registry of the foreign country of export indicating that registration has ended or that the aircraft was never registered
  • evidence of ownership, such as a Bill of Sale, signed in ink, from the foreign seller to the U. S. applicant/owner
  • a completed Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1
  • a check or money order made payable to the Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $5 (U.S. funds)

We handle imports on a priority basis. Please write "Import" in red ink on the envelope and the request.

You must use an original Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1. For the online form select this link, Aircraft Registration Application. Paper application forms may be obtained from the Aircraft Registration Branch or your local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

If a P.O. box or mail drop location is used for mailing purposes, you must also provide your physical address or location on the application. If necessary, provide directions or a map for locating your residence or place of business.

Your application for aircraft registration must include the typed or printed name and signature of each applicant. We will return any applications that do not include the printed or typed name of the signer.

For more information, review Information to Aid in the Registration of Imported Aircraft, REGAR-124I (PDF, 196 KB) or contact the Aircraft Registration Branch.

Mail Us Your Registration


Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Information

If your ELT information has changed or if you are purchasing, selling, buying or disposing of an aircraft with a 406 MHz ELT, now is the time to ensure your ELT registration information is up to date and correct at:

Keeping your ELT information up to date is not only required, it could save your life and or the lives of your family and friends.  When an ELT is activated, the registration data is automatically forwarded to the Rescue Coordination Centers providing critical data to aid search and rescue efforts, reducing unnecessary risk to the search and rescue response, and helping to reduce false alerts.  Additionally, aircraft owners must update their information upon transfer of an ELT to another aircraft owner, or upon any other change in registration information.

Registering or updating your 406 MHz ELT is free, easy, and required.        
The SARSAT system no longer monitors 121.5 Mhz.

For more information refer to:
   ᛫  ELT beacon information
   ᛫  ELT equipage requirements,14 CFR 91.207 Emergency locator transmitters
   ᛫  ELT registration requirements,47 CFR 87.199(f) Special requirements for
      406.0‑406.1 MHz ELTs

Register or update your 406 MHz ELT information here:


Last updated: Friday, December 1, 2023