How to Indicate Class of Medical Certificate Sought

Item 2: Application Process for Medical Certification

Apr 2014

Abbreviated Briefing:
  • Class 1: Airline Transport Pilots
  • Class 2: Commercial Pilots
  • Class 3 Private Pilots

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide page 29, FAA and FDA web data ( &, instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

The class of medical certificate sought by the applicant is needed so that the appropriate medical standards may be applied. The class of certificate issued must correspond with that for which the applicant has applied.

The applicant may ask for a medical certificate of a higher class than needed for the type of flying or duties currently performed. For example, a student pilot may ask for a first-class medical certificate to see if he or she qualifies medically before entry into an aviation career.

The Examiner applies the standards appropriate to the class sought, not to the airman's duties - either performed or anticipated. The Examiner should never issue more than one certificate based on the same examination.

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