Please note that due to resource issues, we are currently unable to meet the response times laid out in our service standards in many cases. Please accept our apologies for these delays, we are working hard to try and reduce the backlog and will respond to your application or query as soon as possible.
There is no fee for the de-registration of an aircraft unless the Same Day service is requested.
On the reverse of a Certificate of Registration is a section which can be used to instruct the CAA to remove the
aircraft from the UK register. This must be completed and signed and returned to the CAA.
If the request for de-registration is urgent, both sides of this document can be faxed or scanned and emailed to the
CAA Aircraft Registration Section.
If the Certificate of Registration is not available please use a Sale
We will send written confirmation that de-registration has taken place to the registered owner, in accordance with
our Service Standards.
In the case of aircraft which are to be re-registered abroad, we will also send fax confirmation to the new state of
As a consequence of de-registration, any certificate of airworthiness or permit to fly in force
over the aircraft will be automatically suspended and revoked.
Once an aircraft has been sold to a customer outside the UK, a request for de-registration should be made
In order to be removed from the UK Register and re-registered abroad:
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If the aircraft is the subject of an Irrevocable De-Registration and Export Request Authorisation (“IDERA”) this
must be revoked before the aircraft can be de-registered. Please see IDERA revocation process for
The registration process is separate from the requirements to gain an Export Certificate of Airworthiness. We
recommend you should aim to have an Export Certificate of Airworthiness issued before de-registering the aircraft.
For information on Certificates of Airworthiness or Permits to Fly please contact the Applications and Approvals
Department of the CAA on telephone (01293) 768374 or fax (01293) 573860.
If an aircraft has been permanently withdrawn from use or destroyed, the registered owner must confirm this using
either the aircraft’s Certificate of Registration or a Sale Notification Form, as detailed above.
Once an aircraft is removed from the UK Register it can no longer fly displaying its UK nationality and registration
The UK-assigned Transponder Mode S 24-Bit Address must also be removed from the aircraft at the time of
de-registration. Failure to do so could result in unsafe flying conditions if the aircraft flies again under a
If you need to de-register an aircraft urgently or outside normal office hours, we offer a Same Day service. You
must arrange to use this service in advance and pay the Same Day service fee (see Service Standards for further details).
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