EXCEPT: you CAN call them on the 57th day and ask them to fax you the replacement so you are not "down" during the mail contractor period after 60 days. IMO the agency needs to give up on paper certificates and do it electronically. They are loathe to email, as it's "not secure".
IMO the agency needs to give up on paper certificates and do it electronically. They are loathe to email, as it's "not secure".
Actually, it's not just fax any more. The FAA will email a temporary replacement document for lost/stolen/destroyed certificates (pilot, CFI, and medical). Go to
...and Login. Look in the Certificates box to "Request temporary authority to exercise certificate privileges".
As for permanent certificates going electronic, that was something Jim Viola was pushing until he left the FAA this year to become President at HAI. The argument was always that they wanted to be able to physically take away suspended/revoked tickets so you couldn't show an Inspector your invalid ticket Jim's counterargument was that today, Inspectors have cell phones with data and can check the status of your tickets in seconds 24/7. We'll see if someone else picks up that cause at FAA HQ.
So my guy in CT who showed up a the FSDO for his CFI ride without a valid certificate- I was able to get Windsor Locks the letter in about 20 minutes (by fax) so he wouldn't get pilot discipline (didn't get his checkride that day, however).
I advise airmen to call on the 57th day and ask it to be faxed. So far that has been IMO the only Reliable way to not be downed after day 60. Their metric is, "well we got it out B4 day 60.....the delivery is not our issue".