Mistake on my Medical Certificate?
Answered By AOPA
Hi all,

First, Happy New Year! And thanks for providing such a platform.

I have JUST received my medical certificate after 4 months of wait time, quite happy about that, I'll finally be able to solo.

However, in the "limitations" part of the certificate is written "Must wear lenses for distant, have glasses for near visions.". The thing is, I have never had lenses or glasses, and my eyesight tests were positive when visiting my AME to kickstart the process.

Is that a normal statement to find in there by default? Could this be a mistake? 

I contacted my flight instructor, he mentioned that to be able to start my solo flying, I would technically need to be wearing glasses according to this statement.

Any thoughts on how should I go about getting this rectifyed?

Thank you very much in advance!

- Thomas

4 Replies
AOPA Staff Answer
Congratulations Thomas - Blue Skies
The quickest and easiest way to fix it is to ask your AME to call FAA. He should know whom to call, and can get someone to look up your exam while he's on the phone and fix it on the spot. Then have him ask FAA to send you a "wire" (they still call it that, even though they've switched from teletype to faxes and emails years ago) confirming the medical certificate without that limitation.

Steve Leonard (Senior AME)
Hi Thomas,

You also have the option of contacting your Regional Flight Surgeons office to get this corrected. Here is a weblink listing the Regional FlightSurgeons. https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/rfs/
Thank you very much to both Stephen and Vampiress At AOPA‍ for your answers. I have followed your advice on the day and finally got my medical correct a couple days ago. All good to continue my learning journey; next step: solo!

Thanks again!

- Thomas