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Airplane Reregistration: Safe Landing When You Don’t Renew In Time

Did your aircraft registration expire? Are you concerned that the date for renewal has already passed and you aren’t sure what to do? Many, many aircraft owners have been in that exact position. Aircraft registration seems like something you’re going to remember, yet, we’re all so busy. Life gets in the way. You have so much to do every day. So, it’s perfectly understandable to miss something like your registration’s renewal date. Should that be the case, the right thing to do is to submit an airplane reregistration form at our site. 

If Your Registration Has Expired, You Cannot File for Renewal 

That may sound harsh, but it’s true. If the renewal date has passed, then you can’t file for “registration renewal” at our site. Instead, you have to go the “reregistration” route. Filing ahead of the deadline is your best course of action. If you send in the form and they get it after the old certificate expires, you won’t have the authority to operate your aircraft until you’re sent the new registration. We can help you to avoid exactly that. 

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What Happens if You Don’t File for Airplane Reregistration 

Once the registration expiration date has passed, you’ll be sent a form telling you when your N-number will be scheduled to be canceled. If you file for reregistration quickly after the expiration date, you can keep this from happening. However, in some cases, the aircraft owner wants to keep the N-number but not renew their registration. Should you feel that way, we can work with you to make sure that the N-Number is reserved in your name. However, the best course of action once your aircraft registration has expired (and you want to keep flying the aircraft) is to file for reregistration. 

Airplane Renewal: to Avoid Having to Reregister 

Of course, the best way to handle the “reregistration process” is to never have to start it. At our site, we make it easy to renew your aircraft registration. You can go to our site and be done with the form in just a matter of minutes. To serve as a reminder, more or less six months before the expiration date, the FAA will send you a notice telling you that you have to renew. If you still haven’t done it by two months before the expiration date, you’ll get another notice. 

The Forms You’ll Need Once You’re Registered Again 

You may have read the above paragraph and thought: “gee, my aircraft registration is about to expire, but I didn’t get anything from the FAA.” Did you change your address without sending in a “Change of Address” form? This is just one of the reasons that those forms are so important. For any stage of aircraft ownership, you can find all of the forms you’ll need right at our site. If you have any further questions about the forms, our experienced staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have email or call us at (800) 357-0893.