N-Number Registry

Joining the N-Number Registry and Consulting the FAA Database

The n-number registry is the database the Federal Aviation Administration uses to keep track of the registered aircraft in the United States. Let’s take a look at how you can either join it or consult it.

N-Number Registry

As an aircraft owner in the United States, you are probably well aware that the Federal Aviation Administration gives each registered aircraft a specific identifying number, each starting with the prefix letter “N”, the international denomination for American aircraft. This is why the numbers assigned to airplanes here are commonly referred to as N-numbers. You will receive one for your aircraft upon completing the initial registration process, which will be your airplane’s identifying number going forward. Once you have it, you will have to display it on the tail of the aircraft in order to visibly identify it, which will come with specific requirements, which is why these are also known as aircraft tail numbers.

Joining the Registry

In order for you to receive your N-number, you will first have to register your aircraft accordingly with the Federal Aviation Administration. This will involve submitting the form for initial registration to the FAA. Don’t worry, the form is very straightforward. All you need to provide as part of the submission process will be the identifying manufacturing information about the aircraft, as well as the owner’s personal data to tie the registration to them. You might have to submit some additional paperwork if the aircraft was previously registered abroad, but that will be very case-specific. Even then, the process itself is very simple. You will be joining the N-number registry in no time.

Consulting the N-Number Database

Do you need some quick information about an aircraft? Well, you can consult the N-number registry on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. While this will by no means give you everything there is to know about the aircraft in question, it will still give you some important basic information about it. All you need to do as part of this process will be to head over to their website and find the lookup option. With the help of the aircraft’s N-number, you will be able to access quick information about the airplane in a matter of seconds. However, if you’re looking for more detailed information you will need to actually request it from the FAA.

N-Number Registry
Filing FAA Forms Online

Not a lot of stuff is more tedious than administrative paperwork, and as exciting as owning an aircraft is, the required documentation is no exception. Because of this, we at the National Aviation Center are well aware of this fact, which is why we’ve made sure to make it all easier for you. Here on our website you’ll be able to find everything you need when it comes to filing your paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration, be it for initial registration, renewal, or reinstatement. And, regardless of what it is you need help with, be sure to reach out to our team with your doubts and questions and we’ll make sure to answer them.