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Legal name change and old logbook?

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So back in 2005 I was taking flight lessons towards earning my private pilots license and I never finished due to financial reasons and a lot of life changes happening at that time. I am now in a position where I can resume my flight training but my legal name has since changed. Is there anyway for me to change my name in my old logbook to keep the hours I had accumulated or will I essentially just lose those hours. I no longer live in the state I did my previous training and the flight school has since changed ownership.

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  1. John D Collins on Oct 27, 2013

    It is customary for a woman to have a legal name change when she gets married. Other’s change their names for a variety of reasons, Regardless, the hours logged are yours and count. I am not aware of any requirement that a legal name change would make any difference in terms of logged hours.

    To obtain a new airman certificate that reflects a legal name change, it is necessary that you appear at an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for positive identification. A photocopy of a marriage license, court order, or other valid legal document, which legally verifies the name change, must be presented to an FAA Inspector.

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