Aircraft Tail Numbers

Here’s How to Get and Properly Display Your Aircraft Tail Numbers

Most people who’ve ever ridden an aircraft have seen the numbers painted near the back. These are the aircraft tail numbers, and all aircraft owners will have to get their own.

A Guide to Aircraft Tail Numbers

What is known as a tail number is an aircraft’s identifying number given to it by the Federal Aviation Administration upon registration. It’s often called that because it has to be displayed on an airplane’s tail, but it is officially known as an N-number. This will serve as the official nomenclature for your aircraft on your registration and other official and financial paperwork going forward. In turn, you can use the number to look up relevant information about the aircraft in the FAA’s database. Let’s take a closer look at how you will have to display the number and how you can use it to consult important information.

How to Display Your Tail Number

As stated in the aeronautics and space section of the Code of Federal Regulations, “Each operator of an aircraft must display on that aircraft marks consisting of the Roman capital letter “N” (identifying it as part of United States registration) followed by the registration number of the aircraft. Each suffix letter used in the marks displayed must also be a Roman capital letter.” On top of that, “when marks include only the Roman capital letter “N” and the registration number is displayed on limited, restricted or light-sport category aircraft or experimental or provisionally certificated aircraft, the operator must also display on that aircraft near each entrance to the cabin, cockpit, or pilot station, in letters not less than 2 inches nor more than 6 inches high, the words “limited,” “restricted,” “light-sport,” “experimental,” or “provisional,” as applicable.”

Looking Up Information About the Aircraft

Now, if what you need is a way to consult information pertaining to an aircraft going off the tail number, you will have a few different options. On one hand, you can simply use the lookup option on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. Here, you can search their online aircraft tail numbers lookup for some essential information about the aircraft in question. If you need more thorough data, though, you can request an abstract, which you can do via a form on our website. This way, you will receive a comprehensive summary of the aircraft’s documentation history so that you can confirm, cross-check, and consult any sort of doubts, concerns, or queries you might have in relation to the aircraft.

Aircraft Tail Numbers

Register Your Aircraft with the FAA

Our team knows just how confusing and intimidating the Federal Aviation Administration applications for documentation can be, whether it is for initial registration, changes to the documentation, or any other process. Because of this, the National Aviation Center is ready to help guide you through whatever application you need to submit. You can conveniently find all forms here on our platform, as well as pointers on how to fill them out. Should you need help at any point, just write to us by way of our contact page and get your documentation in order in no time.