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Laminate Medical Certificate
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I want to laminate my first-class medical certificate so it doesn't get crumpled for any reason. Will this invalidate it? I've done some research online and there only seem to be provisions for laminating permanent certificates, of which the medical is a temporary certificate.
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AOPA Staff Answer
Hi Dustin,

The FAA may consider that defacing the certificate. I would not recommend laminating your certificate.
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Vampiress At AOPA:
Hi Dustin,

The FAA may consider that defacing the certificate. I would not recommend laminating your certificate.

This is an OWT.  See the Note to paragraph 5-196 in FAA Order 8900.1 (link below). Just make sure you sign it before laminating it.

https://fsims.faa.gov/PICDetail.aspx?docId=8900.1,Vol.5,Ch1,Sec9

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Thank you for the clarification Ron
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Actually in the field, many ASI have not got that memo.  They are still looking for the ball point imprint, as "certificates issued by a designee are valid only with original signature". Not more than a month ago at a Ramp, the ASI chastised the A/M for laminating as he could not look at the backside to see the ball point imprint.
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Bruce Chien:
Actually in the field, many ASI have not got that memo.  They are still looking for the ball point imprint, as "certificates issued by a designee are valid only with original signature". Not more than a month ago at a Ramp, the ASI chastised the A/M for laminating as he could not look at the backside to see the ball point imprint.

That ASI needs some remedial training. Don't let that stop you. If an ASI says something, ask them to look it up in the Inspector's Handbook.