Chapter 12. Publications, Forms, & Records
Aircraft must be registered in the United States if the aircraft is not registered under the laws of a foreign country and is owned by either a citizen of the United States, a foreign citizen lawfully admitted to the United States, or a corporation organized in and doing business under U.S. laws and primarily based in the United States. This registration is accomplished by the use of FAA Form 8050-1, Aircraft Registration Application. This is one of only a few FAA forms that are preprinted, and cannot be obtained by downloading and computer printing. This form consists of three sheets, colored white, green, and pink. The white original and the green copy must be submitted to the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch (AFS-750). The pink copy serves
as the temporary authority to operate the aircraft until the official registration is received from AFS-750, and is valid for a maximum of 90 days. This form may be obtained from either the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) or by contacting: FAA Aircraft Registration Branch (AFS-750), P.O. Box 25504, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0504.
In addition to the completed application form, the owner must also submit evidence of his or her ownership (such as a bill of sale) and a registration fee. A successful review of the application will result in the issuance of AC Form 8050-3, Certificate of Aircraft Registration. (Note the AC prefix.)
14 CFR §91.203(a)(2) requires that either the pink copy of the application or the actual certificate of registration be on board the aircraft during its operation.
If the registration is ever lost or damaged, it may be replaced by contacting the FAA Aircraft Registration Branch and providing them with the aircraft specific data, including make, model, N-number, and serial number. A replacement certificate fee and an explanation of the reason for the replacement certificate are also required.
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