Priority handling may be requested if an aircraft is committed to operate outside of the United States before a certificate of aircraft registration would be issued under regular processing.

Aircraft registration processing takes between 16 and 20 working days from the day the documents are received in the Aircraft Registration Branch.

If your situation requires priority handling, you must:

  • Mail your registration documents and fees as soon as possible to the Aircraft Registration Branch. Please use the mail & commercial delivery addresses provided on the Contact the Aircraft Registration Branch web page.
  • Send a completed and signed Declaration of International Operations with your registration documents. If your registration documents have already been mailed, you may send the declaration by fax as soon as the international operation requirement becomes known. The declaration form is available on our Aircraft Registration Forms Page. Our fax number is 405-954-8068.
  • Address both the envelope and cover letter to, "Attention: Priority Handling" in bold red print.
  • Identify a contact person. Include both his voice and fax telephone numbers.
Note: Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement of representation shall be fined under Title 18 United States Code or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. 18 U.S.C. §1001(a)

What the Aircraft Registration Branch will do:

  • We will stage your documents for priority handling in order of receipt with other priority documents to be examined before the date given for international operations.
  • If the documents do not meet registration requirements we will tell you what is needed. If the remaining requirements are not met before the scheduled date of international operations, review of the aircraft's documents will be completed on the non-priority schedule.
  • If the documents or declaration of international operations did not arrive with sufficient lead-time to allow for review and registration by the given date of international operations, the review of the documents will be completed on the non-priority schedule. The aircraft owner is welcome to file a new Declaration of International Operations if the aircraft is committed to international operations on a subsequent date.
  • If the documents meet registration requirements, we will send a 30-day Temporary Certificate of Aircraft Registration by fax. The temporary certificate is good for operations outside the United States of America provided the aircraft also meets airworthiness requirements.
  • The Certificate of Aircraft Registration will be sent by regular mail to the registration address of record.

Mail Us Your Registration Documents

Additional Information for

For more information, review Information to Aid in the Registration of U.S. Civil Aircraft or contact the Aircraft Registration Branch.