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Student pilot medical certificate question

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I just recently lost my 3rd class medical certificate (stupid, I know) and I am filling out the application to replace the lost one. It asks for a certificate number, but I don't know it because I lost the certificate. Is there an easy way to find this out? or can I just leave blank, like its not that important? any answer would be great, thanks

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  1. Aaron on Mar 09, 2014

    My flight bag was stolen when I was a student so I feel your pain. Lost my logbook too. Good thing there were only 13 hours in there and my school had a record of them all!

    Here’s what you’re looking for:


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  2. Steve Butler on Mar 09, 2014

    The FAA has a searchable database of everyone who has a current medical on their website which I believe has the certificate number.

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  3. mordy on Mar 09, 2014

    Hey. Sorry about that. Check the FAA medxpress site. It might be there. You can also call your doctor and see if he has it.


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  4. Mark Kolber on Mar 10, 2014

    Steve, you are incorrect on both statements. People can opt out of the publicly-available database and, for those that are available, “We do not display your SSN, certificate number, or date of birth.”

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  5. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 10, 2014


    Opting out only redacts your address info. You will still show up with certificates, ratings and medical info. No cert number though. All pilots show regardless of the currency of their medical.

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  6. Mark Kolber on Mar 10, 2014

    Good point, Kris. You are correct.

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  7. gehrig l. hursey on Mar 14, 2014

    Hi All Pilots
    Just getting ready to get a 3ed class medical cert. exam.
    This will be my first one. Found a Dr. who will do exam
    for a $130.00. But before I spend the money I’m curious
    as to my chances of passing considering I’m a Diabetic.
    I see my Primary Dr. every 90 days to monitor A1C
    level ect. and have a good control on it. Never had passing
    out spells, but do I have a chance of passing?
    With Admiration for all Pilots:
    Gehrig From Ohio

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  8. Victor Valencia on Mar 30, 2014

    Hi Gehrig from Ohio,

    It is my understanding that it is possible to get a medical when you’re a diabetic
    but I believe it is extremely difficult. It probably depends on whether you’re a Type 1
    or Type 2 Diabetic. Type 1 medical certification is much more difficult.

    I also have type 1 diabetes but I am going the Sport Pilot route since it only requires
    a DL as a medical certificate. I use a continuous blood glucose monitor so
    I always know what my blood sugar is and I always carry food with me when

    One very important note is that if you go to an AME and you fail the medical you
    are not able to get a Sport Pilot certificate so I would not recommend seeing
    the AME unless you are sure you can pass. Even simply talking with an AME
    about your condition requires him to report it.

    It would be in your best interest to do some research on the regulations before
    deciding what to do next.

    Good Luck!!


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  9. Gary S. on Mar 04, 2015

    Gehrig, just go take the exam. Quit worrying. It’ll only cost you a pittance of what the rating will cost. Good luck.

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  10. RickS on May 07, 2016

    I will be going to my AME in a couple of weeks for my medical. Before even starting the process, I spoke to him on the phone, described my condition and the medications I am taking, and he said it should be no problem. If your A1C is under 9, and you have a history of good blood sugar control, you will likely be fine. It it far from impossible, nor even difficult. But like everything, best you know where you stand up front before charging headlong into it.
    There is a list of medications that are ok, and a note showing that certain combinations of drugs are disqualifying. You can find it here https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/media/diabetesmeds_acceptablecomb.pdf

    You also need to have your primary doctor fill out a form you can find here: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/media/Diabetes%20or%20Hyperglycemia%20on%20Oral%20Medications%20Status%20Report.pdf

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