Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

5 Answers

Lamination of aircraft documents

Asked by: 5964 views FAA Regulations

Can you laminate an aircraft registration and airworthiness certificate? Authority?

Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Actual FAA Questions / Free Lifetime Updates
The best explanations in the business
Fast, efficient study.
Pass Your Checkride With Confidence!
FAA Practical Test prep that reflects actual checkrides.
Any checkride: Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, etc.
Written and maintained by actual pilot examiners and master CFIs.
The World's Most Trusted eLogbook
Be Organized, Current, Professional, and Safe.
Highly customizable - for student pilots through pros.
Free Transition Service for users of other eLogs.
Our sincere thanks to pilots such as yourself who support AskACFI while helping themselves by using the awesome PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android aviation apps of our sponsors.

5 Answers

  1. Brian on Oct 08, 2010

    I cannot speak to this topic for certain. What I can tell you is:
    a) I have never seen it.
    b) The old pilot certificates were void if laminated.
    Good luck,

    0 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 1 Votes

  2. Matthew Waugh on Oct 09, 2010

    With respect to pilot certificates, lamination is not an alteration and so it is permitted. Back in 1999 Donald P. Byrne, Assistant Chief Counsel said as much in a letter of interpretation to AOPA. So we can put that one to rest.
    Now – with respect to your aircraft documents, if the FAA has said they may not be altered, and if one part of the FAA is willing to agree with another part of the FAA, then you can laminate away. However I’m no expert at wading through Part 47 (which seems to be the relevant regulation) and the question doesn’t appear to have been put before the FAA’s legal counsel – so as for Authority – I’ve got nothing.
    You’re not going to find a regulation that says “you may laminate”, if you want an affirmative authority you’re going to have to query the FAA. Otherwise you have to review ALL FAA documentation relating to airworthiness and registration certificates and determine that nowhere in there does it imply you may not laminate the certificates. Seems like a fun weekend activity!

    +1 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  3. Matthew Hammer on Oct 09, 2010

    I can’t cite any particular authority on this, but at a part 141 school I went to the aircraft registration and airworthiness certificate were laminated. These planes were routinely inspected by the FAA in great detail, and no issue was ever raised with the laminated certificates.

    0 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 1 Votes

  4. Matt Fenwick on Dec 22, 2011

    I spoke directly with the FAA and they said iif an inspector finds the airworthiness certificate laminated they will more than likely make you get a new one.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  5. RickS on Aug 22, 2017

    Did a google search on this question and landed here. And have a follow on question. let’s say I do laminate my A/W cert, and a ramp check ends in a demand that I replace it. Can I simply print out the one that is on the CD I got from the FAA with all my airplane’s records? Or would I need to order one from the FAA?

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.