Reapply for Third Class Med, Expired Special Issuance from 2 years ago?
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Hello! 
I had called to ask about this situation but was told to just reapply for my third class with all medical information needed, but I am unsure. This is the situation- 
 

  • In 2020, Faa requested current medical information for my liver transplant (when I was 6mo old). I sent them current lab results and a doc's note and thought that was it.
  • They sent a letter requesting hospital notes from when I was a baby. Which we sent them already the first time around so I didn't expect that. Those documents had been kinda tucked away and I still need to find them currently. 
  • This was also really close to when I ended up living in the car after a domestic abuse situation, and so I had a lot going on. I put the note on the backbones. 
  • Faa sent me a last letter saying I needed to hand over all unexpired medicals and had to respond within an amount of time. 
  • I misunderstood what they meant since I believed that since my special issuance expired then my third class also did. The letter also said legal action may occur if I don't respond within that time. Due to those personal issues I never dug further even after I told myself I would.. 

It's been almost 2 years now and I haven't been contacted since (or I think, but I ended up in the car on and off since then). 

What do I do if they deny my new application? Why did they never respond after that letter? Was my third class expired since the special issuance was, and so I thought right? I'm so nervous and want to double check my next steps. 

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@Anna Richards
You need to get competent advice immediately.  Contact the AOPA Medical Help desk at once.  You probably also need to contact an aviation attorney because this issue has spread to the legal realm.  As for a new application, since your last medical is now revoked due to failure to respond within the given time, you're on the FAA blacklist and can't be issued again until the old issues are resolved.

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@Ronald Levy
I had contacted the medical help desk, but the advice I was given was to just reapply. I think I will call the FAA medical branch number? AOPA also doesn't handle legal issues if they occurred before membership so I cannot afford a lawyer for a while. 

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@Anna Richards
I don't know whether that will work or not, but to have any chance at all of issuance, make sure when you show up for that exam you have with you every single paper the FAA has previously requested.  As for what to do if that new application is denied, you do whatever the FAA says, provide whatever documents they want, and do it all within the time frame they prescribe.  The FAA simply doesn't care about your personal problems.

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@Ronald Levy I called and it seemed fine, just need to reapply. Not blacklisted and didn't go to legal.
I know, just said personal issues are why I couldn't respond. 
 

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@Anna Richards
Hope it works out for you.  Just make sure you're fully prepared when you show up for the examinaiton.