I passed my Private check ride on December 19, and was immediately issued a temporary certificate that says it is good for 120 days or until replaced by a permanent certificate. Now I'm wondering what the usual time lapse is for the permanent certificate to be issued. Ten weeks after passing the check ride I still find nothing when I search for my name on the FAA's Airmen Certification Information seach page. I suppose the fact that I'm not listed there as a student either must mean that the wheels of government are slowly turning, but I'm looking forward to seeing my name there as "Private," and getting that little plastic card to put in my wallet. Does anyone know what the typical waiting period is?