Effective this Monday, January 23, aircraft registrations are now valid for 7 years thanks to an amendment to the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 championed by Congressional Representative, Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who also serves as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.
Prior to 2010, aircraft registrations were valid as long as the aircraft remained in service which resulted in many inaccuracies in the aircraft registry. A 3-year limit for registrations was then enacted which has since resulted in significant backlogs in processing and at a substantial cost to aircraft owners. The 2018 FAA reauthorization directed the FAA to extend the registration period.
All aircraft with a valid registration as of January 23 are extended to the new 7-year period (7 years from issuance). Expired registrations will need to be renewed.
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