Step 5


FAA IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process. IACRA helps ensure applicants meet regulatory and policy requirements through the use of extensive data validation. It also uses electronic signatures to protect the information’s integrity, eliminates paper forms, and prints temporary certificates.

All flight schools require you to apply for your Airman Certificate and have it approved prior to Solo Flight. Upon approval, you will have a paper copy which is good for 180 days or until you receive your hard copy of the Airman Certificate – which is like a driver’s license for pilots. 

This is an inspectable item to have on your person when you are acting as a crew member.
-Were not kidding


Step 1

Apply for FAA Student Pilot Certificate. Visit- FAA IACRA.


Visit FAA IACRA and register for a new account.

Begin the application for new certificate or to modify an existing certificate if you already hold one.

Agree to the terms, assuming you do.

Enter all the information, double check that your entries are correct. **important** if there is an error, there will be an error message.
Step 2

Obtain Your FTN (FAA Tracking Number)

Once complete, IACRA will display your FTN (FAA Tracking Number). Put it on your Flight School Winged Aviation Checklist, Write it down, print it off.

You will provide this to a certifying officer or flight instructor to verify your information and complete the application with your digital signature at the end.

You will need this a few times throughout training and your career. 

Step 4: FAA Medical Certificate

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