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The Process to Replace Plane Certificate of Registration Explained

We at the National Aviation Center are always going on about the importance of having your registration in order. This is, after all, the administrative core of your ownership, granting you the necessary permissions to operate under the corresponding guidelines. Given the importance of this physical certificate, let’s go over the process to replace the certificate of registration in case something happens to yours.


Your Aircraft Certificate

When you first register your aircraft, you receive a certificate of registration, which will be very important to keep around when operating your aircraft going forward. In fact, you need to keep it on board the aircraft whenever you are operating it for it to be valid. This certificate has to be the official one that you received from the Federal Aviation Administration and not a photocopy or digitalized version. This is why it will be so important for you to properly take care of the certificate you receive going forward. You don’t want something to happen to the certificate, forcing you to ground your aircraft temporarily. 


Lost or Damaged Registration

So, given the importance of the physical copy of the certificate, you need to be very careful with it. Keep in the aircraft, yes, but always protected by a folder or a cover that protects it from potential damage from water and makes it harder to misplace. As previously mentioned, you always need an official physical copy at hand. If you don’t have that, then you can’t operate your aircraft in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines. So, should that be the case and you end up losing your certificate, all you need to do is request an official copy from the Federal Aviation Administration. Don’t worry, this is a very straightforward process.


Replace Plane Certificate of Registration

Now, how do you request a new certificate from the FAA? Is it just like when you first had to get your initial aircraft registration? Not particularly, really. It’s going to be a much simpler process than that. What you need to do is submit the form for a replacement certificate request to the Federal Aviation Administration. This form is readily available right here on our platform for you to both fill out and submit to the FAA. This will mostly just involve some straightforward information about the aircraft, such as its N number, and the owner’s contact information. Once you have submitted this form, you will soon receive the new certificate copy from the FAA and your aircraft will get to fly again.

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Submit Your Replacement Request

Submitting any form of official documentation will always call for good attention to detail and care, which is why we’ve made it easier for you to file documents with the Federal Aviation Administration. Here at the National Aviation Center, you will be able to find all the forms you need, including the one for a certificate replacement for you to fill out and submit to the FAA. If you need help at some point, you can always give us a call at 1-800-357-0893 or email us at