Exemptions will not be granted for aircraft to fly with UK nationality and registration marks smaller than those
specified in Schedule 4 Part 2 of the Air Navigation Order 2016. Exemptions will also not be granted for aircraft to
fly with foreign registration marks even if the UK nationality and registration marks are properly displayed. However,
there are two highly specific exemptions from the requirement to bear nationality and registration marks:
Exemptions may be granted by the CAA for aircraft to fly with non-standard markings (e.g. fictitious markings) for
prescribed limited periods of time at specific locations.
To fly in the UK, all aircraft must display their registration and nationality markings.
The only exceptions are aircraft which display historically accurate military liveries and marks, which must be
relevant to the aircraft type in question.
If an aircraft is to bear military markings, permission must be obtained from the Ministry of Defence or the
appropriate foreign government and sent to the CAA.
One exception to this is aircraft wearing United States Air Force markings as the US Embassy have granted permission
for UK registered aircraft to wear their authentic markings as long as the aircraft type is no longer in USAF use or in
their service inventory.
You will also need to apply for an exemption from the requirement to display standard registration and nationality
markings. Details on how to do this are to be found on the Registration Marks page.
Permission of the UK MOD should be sought from the contact details shown below:
RAF Events Team
Bentley Priory Building
West End Road
Ruislip HA4 6NG
Telephone: (020) 8833 8769
Fax: (020) 8833 8763
Please note that the normal letter of permission issued by the UK MOD excludes flights outside of UK airspace and
gives permission to the applicant rather than the aircraft, should the aircraft change ownership in the future the
exemption does not automatically transfer. Therefore, a new owner of an exempted aircraft should re-apply to the MOD
for their permission to maintain these markings under new ownership.
Please complete and return the Exemption application form.
There is a fee for applying for an exemption, details of which can be found Forms
Upon receipt of the application we will either issue the requested exemption or advise the applicant of any further
actions required in accordance with our Service Standards.
Once an exemption has been granted, any changes to the markings displayed on the aircraft must be notified
immediately in writing to the Aircraft Registration section.
Once an exemption is issued by the CAA it should also be noted that this allows the flying of the aircraft in UK
airspace only, if the aircraft is to be flown outside the UK then extra permission must be sought from the authorities
of the countries visited or over flown.
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