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Name change at FSDO... How long can it take?

Old 01-07-2024, 05:51 PM
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I recently had my name legally changed and I have an appt next month at my local FSDO to initiate the name change process, so I can get updated Medical Certificate, Airmen Certificate, etc. with the new name.

Has anyone gone through this process and can shed some light as to how it all works? Does it take a long time for me to get the new certificates with the new name?
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Old 01-07-2024, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by AviatorBimmer
I recently had my name legally changed and I have an appt next month at my local FSDO to initiate the name change process, so I can get updated Medical Certificate, Airmen Certificate, etc. with the new name.

Has anyone gone through this process and can shed some light as to how it all works? Does it take a long time for me to get the new certificates with the new name?
I would assume it's the same process as for adding a type to your cert, right now that seems to be taking about three weeks to get processed until you see it in the FAA registry. Then some time after that to get your new cert in the mail.

Not sure how the medical works.
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https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certifi...on/name_change

FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 1, Section 7 covers the specifics (and instructions for the inspector), and states:

Change of Name, Gender, or DOB. An applicant for a change of name, gender, or
DOB on an airman certificate must apply in person at a Flight Standards District Office
(FSDO)/certificate management office (CMO)/International Field Office (IFO). The applicant
completes whichever is applicable:
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or
Rating Application (for pilots).

• FAA Form 8710-11, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application—Sport Pilot.
• FAA Form 8710-13, Remote Pilot Certificate and/or Rating Application.
• FAA Form 8400-3, Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating (for
Flight Engineers (FE), flight navigators, and aircraft dispatchers).
1) For a name change, appropriate documents must accompany the completed and
signed application. For example, appropriate documents verifying the change are a court order,
copy of marriage license, divorce decree, passport, or other valid court- or government-issued
document upholding the name change. A driver’s license is not proof of a name change.

Thoroughly examine and verify the documents. Issue the applicant FAA
Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate, to use while waiting for a new permanent
certificate.


Complete the “Aviation Safety Inspector or Technician Report” section of the
FAA Form 8710-1 application. Check the boxes marked “Approved” and “Pilot’s Bill of
Rights,” and check the appropriate box in the “Certification Activities” portion of this section.
Be sure that the applicant provides information in section I describing the change in the “specify
other” space of the application. The date of issuance of the Temporary Airman Certificate must
match the approval date in the “Aviation Safety Inspector or Technician Report” section.
Forward the application, the Temporary Airman Certificate, and all other supporting documents
to the Airmen Certification Branch (AFB-720). Destroy the superseded certificate. Do not send
the superseded certificate to AFB-720.
https://drs.faa.gov/browse/excelExte...530154748.0001

Becuase you'll be completing an application for an airman certificate, you'll be issued a new certificate by mail. You should get a temporary certificate at the time of application, valid for 120 days, and will receive the appropriate plastic permanent certificate in the mail. You'll need to complete an application for each of the relevant certificates (eg, if you have a flight engineer certificate, and a pilot certificate, then the 8400-3, and the 8710-1.

My last certificate was an isntructor renewal, and that took about 50 days, I think. As with any temporary pilot certificate, if you're getting close to the expiration date of the temporary, return to the issuing source (in this case, the appropriate FSDO) for follow-up. In that case, "emergency assistance" is provided, which can only be done by the inspector, who will issue a new temporary certificate. The new temporary certificate will be valid for 120 days from the time of issuance. Practically speaking, you shouldn't come close to the expiration of the initial temporary, unless there's a problem with your documentation.

For your FAA medical, if you look at the explanations for completing the MedExpress application, it will state:

​​​​​​​FULL NAME If your name has changed for any reason, list current name on the application and list any former name(s) in the EXPLANATIONS box of number 18 on the application.
​​​​​​​https://medxpress.faa.gov/MedXPress/...structions.htm

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