Medical Certification

Important Policy Memorandums

Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. The vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen is available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pfizer's Comirnaty and Moderna's Spikevax vaccines are now fully FDA approved.

After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) continues the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:

Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and/or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose. This policy is applicable to both the initial vaccine doses and booster shots.

Individuals holding an FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificate or Medical Clearance are reminded that they are prohibited from performing flight crewmember duties or air traffic control duties if they do not meet medical certification requirements, including those related to adverse events from medications that render them unable to perform such duties. 14CFR61.53 applies to all certificated pilots whether they hold a medical certificate or not.

AAM continues to monitor the situation and will adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety.

Read FAQ on Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers.

Medical Certificates

Requesting Medical Records

To protect your identity and the release of the correct records, you are required to submit a completed Medical Records Request Form (PDF) authorizing the release of your medical records.

  1. A separate authorization request is required for each record released to any third party (physician, insurance company, employer, etc.) and to yourself.
  2. Please type or print legibly and remember to sign and date the request.
  3. To authorize an electronic copy of your record be released to a third party please include their email address and daytime phone number.
  4. To help ensure delivery of your confidential record to the correct office, verify the mailing address with someone in that office; addresses found online may be incomplete or no longer current.
  5. Hard copy records are mailed regular post via the United States Postal Service. You may choose to pay for expedited mail service through FedEx by providing your FedEx account number.

FAX your completed Request for Airman Medical Records Form to (405) 954-9326.

OR

Mail your completed Request for Airman Medical Records Form to:

FAA AMCD
Privacy Act AAM-331
CAMI, Building 13
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-9867

Aviation Medical Examiners

Drug and Alcohol Program

Health & Fitness of Pilots

BasicMed

MedXPress Information for the Pilot

FAA MedXPress is a web application pilots must use to submit their certification applicant information (Items 1 through 20) of the FAA Form 8500-8. Pilots need only a valid email address to create a MedXPress account to use FAA MedXPress. MedXPress is designed to expedite the processing of a pilot's request for certification and shorten the pilot's office visit with the AME.

Last updated: Thursday, June 23, 2022