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Aircraft Documents – Certificate of Aircraft Registration

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Before an aircraft can be flown legally, it must be registered with the FAA Aircraft Registry. The Certificate of Aircraft Registration, which is issued to the owner as evidence of the registration, must be carried in the aircraft at all times. [Figure 8-8]

AC Form 8050-3, Certificate of Aircraft Registration

Click to Enlarge – Figure 8-8. AC Form 8050-3, Certificate of Aircraft Registration.

The Certificate of Aircraft Registration cannot be used for operations when:

  • The aircraft is registered under the laws of a foreign country.
  • The aircraft’s registration is canceled upon written request of the certificate holder.
  • The aircraft is totally destroyed or scrapped.
  • The ownership of the aircraft is transferred.
  • The certificate holder loses United States citizenship.

For additional information about aircraft documents, see 14 CFR section 47.41. When one of the events listed in 14 CFR section 47.41 occurs, the previous owner must notify the FAA by filling in the back of the Certificate of Aircraft Registration, and mailing it to:

FAA Aircraft Registration Branch, AFS-750
P.O. Box 25504
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0504

A dealer’s aircraft registration certificate is another form of registration certificate, but is valid only for required flight tests by the manufacturer or in flights that are necessary for the sale of the aircraft by the manufacturer or a dealer. The dealer must remove the certificate when the aircraft is sold.

Upon complying with 14 CFR section 47.31, the pink copy of the application for an Aircraft Registration Application, Aeronautical Center (AC) Form 8050-1, provides authorization to operate an unregistered aircraft for a period not to exceed 90 days. Since the aircraft is unregistered, it cannot be operated outside of the United States until a permanent Certificate of Aircraft Registration is received and placed in the aircraft.

The FAA does not issue any certificate of ownership or endorse any information with respect to ownership on a Certificate of Aircraft Registration.

NOTE: For additional information concerning aircraft documents, the Aircraft Registration Application or the Aircraft Bill of Sale, contact the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).


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