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FAA Medical – 3rd Class – Renew at 39?

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Given that a 3rd class medical is valid for 5 years from the date of examination, could one renew their medical at age 39 in order to extend it 5 years?  How long before expiry can you renew a medical?


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  1. John D Collins on Dec 10, 2013

    I do not see why they couldn’t do this.

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  2. Jarett L on Dec 10, 2013

    As long as your 3rd class is renewed before your 40 birthday it is valued for 5 years. For question sake if you renewed your license on dec 31st and your 40 birthday was jan 1st it is still good for 5 years

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  3. Jim F. on Dec 13, 2013

    As the others have stated, yup, it’s good for the specified time (in your case 5 years) according to what date you had the exam. See FAR 61.23 for more information and a helpful chart: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?type=simple;c=ecfr;cc=ecfr;sid=85f2f758c7572cf6fd784c355d1c55a1;idno=14;region=DIV1;q1=61.23;rgn=div8;view=text;node=14%3A2.

    As for you second question, I know of nothing dictating how early you can renew. If you want a new medical every month, why would they care? Again, don’t know for sure, just thinkin’ out loud…

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