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FAA Adopts Photo ID Rules Effective October 28, 2002

Important UPDATE: A Final Rule published October 28 and effective immediately amends FAR 61.3(a) and (l) so that -

- in order to exercise the privileges of any pilot certificate, the pilot must carry both an FAA pilot certificate and Photo ID. Photo ID may be in the form of a driver's license, State or military ID, passport, security ID issued under 49 CFR 1542, or another form the Administrator finds acceptable.

- the pilot certificate and Photo ID must be presented on request by any official representing FAA, NTSB, TSA or any Federal, State or local law enforcement entity.


The new Photo ID rules were proposed in February, 2002 by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to address public concerns about general aviation and pilot certification security issues. SSA believes the new rules provide a reasonable means to serve this purpose, particularly if this action puts an end to individual States' attempts to adopt far more onerous regulations. In the interest of glider and balloon pilots eligible for solo at the age of 14, we have alerted FAA to the necessity that school-issued Photo ID cards be considered acceptable forms of Photo ID.

Click here to read the new rule: Photo ID Rule

Click here to read SSA's response: SSA Response

At the dms page, choose "docket number" option, enter "11666"

Posted: 10/29/2002 By: General News


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