Has Your Airman Medical Certificate Been Denied, Suspended, or Revoked

Item 13: Application Process for Medical Certification

Apr 2014

Abbreviated Briefing:
  • Denials, Suspensions and Revocations of an Airman Medical Certificate must be specifically reversed by the FAA
  • Do not confuse these problems with expirations. Normal expirations have no impact on your ability to medically recertify

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at FlightPhysical.com from the 2014 AME Guide page 31, FAA and FDA web data (www.FAA.gov & www.FDA.gov), instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

While entering data in MedXPress, if is selected, you must enter the date of the denial, suspension or revocation in the (MM/DD/YYYY) format. The AME will check that the applicant checked or .

If is checked, the applicant should enter the , and the AME should report details in the box that will appear in the Item 18 (Medical History) section.

The AME is not allowed to issue a medical certificate to an applicant who checked the unless specifically excepted (see below).

The FAA exceptions to this prohibition are:

  • The applicant presents written evidence from the FAA that he or she was subsequently medically certificated and that an AME is authorized to issue a renewal medical certificate to the person if medically qualified; or
  • The AME obtains oral or written authorization to issue a medical certificate from an FAA medical office


If you loose your medical certification for cause, that must be reported and reversed if an FAA waiver if appropriate. By contrast, normal expirations are not a big deal at all except that you can't fly until you pass another flight physical. If you are not planning to fly, there is no immediate need to keep your medical certificate current. Unlike going noncurrent with your flying (a proficiency problem), there are no additional penalties for allowing your medical certification to remain expired until ready to resume your aviation career or hobby.


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