Certificates To Become Photo ID

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Starting with your next rating or certificate, your pilot's certificate will sport a new feature. You. In living color. Buried deep in a contentious bill that revamps the U.S.'s intelligence and anti-terrorism posture is a provision requiring pilot certificates to carry the photo of the license holder. The new certificates will also be tamper- and counterfeit-resistant and may have the ability to store biometric information. The FAA has a year to start issuing the new documents but you likely won't have to say "cheese" right away. The bill doesn't require pilots to get the new license unless they get a new rating or certificate. AOPA says it's been working with the FAA to minimize the "burden" of implementing the rule. For instance, the rule allows designees (like air medical examiners) to take the photos and send them electronically to the FAA, rather than making pilots travel to the nearest FSDO or regional office to have them taken. AOPA says it successfully lobbied against a provision that would have required those renting aircraft to be checked against a terrorist watch list.