• Apply for a LAPL medical certificate

    To obtain a LAPL medical certificate, you must undergo a medical examination. The examination can be carried out by your NHS General Practitioner (GP) or by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). An AME is a doctor specialising in aviation medicine who is certificated to issue EU medical certificates.

    You apply directly to an AME or your GP and they will arrange an appointment for examination at their medical practice. Please note applicants with some medical conditions will need to see an AME for their initial LAPL medical examination.

    Please note that you can only hold one EU medical certificate at a time.

    Download our guidance for pilots on the process for applying for a medical certificate

    GP examinations

    If you are visiting your GP for the medical examination, you will need to download the medical certificate application form and take it with you to your appointment.

  • Regulatory requirements

    The EASA regulations for LAPL medical certification, together with the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) (Section 4, page 41) and AMC Amendment 1 are available on the EASA website. 

    Referral to an AME

    Where a GP is unable to complete an assessment or the fitness decision has to be made by an AME, the GP should provide relevant information for the applicant to take to the AME for assessment.  Most applicants who do not meet the  DVLA Group 2 medical standards should normally be referred to an AME for assessment. Those only meeting the car driving ( DVLA Group 1) standard may be assessed  by an AME for restricted certification.  A  referral form is available. 

    Useful documents

    Submission of results of assessments by GPs to the CAA

    The results of assessments are submitted to the CAA by completing an online form.  

    Please ensure you read the instructions for completing the Online form prior to submission.  If the form is completed incorrectly this will produce a certificate with incorrect validity dates.

    1. When you click the submit button you will receive an on-screen message containing the reference number of the application and a link to the SRG1207 Medical Certificate.

    2. You will need to print and sign the certificate and have the applicant sign it too. In the 'stamp' field please apply your practice stamp and annotate it with your GMC number. 

    3. You will need to give the signed certificate to the applicant and you must keep a copy of the certificate in the applicant's NHS (or military) medical records.

    4. You will receive an e-mail confirming the submission of the form within a few minutes.  You do not need to reply to the e-mail, but you must click on  the link to access the medical certificate in order to print it.  Please report any fault with this service to the CAA webmaster

    Guidance on using the online form with Google Chrome

    The browser Chrome includes a plug-in for viewing PDF files, this is designed to give you faster browsing to this type of file.

    Unfortunately, the Chrome plug-in is basic and lacks many useful features like pagination and bookmarks. It also prevents the CAA PDF form being 'submitted' on-line.

    To overcome this problem in Chrome, it is possible to turn the plug-in off and use the standard Acrobat reader software to complete and submit the CAA on-line forms.

    To do this, you need to have your Chrome browser open and type chrome://plugins/ into your address bar, when this has opened up options you will be able to turn off the Chrome PDF plug-in. 

    When you have done this you will be able to submit the PDF form.

  • AME examinations

    If your examination is being carried out by an AME then they should be able to provide you with the application form.

    Find an AME close to you using our AME search

    Decrease in medical fitness

    If you experience a change in your health status you must cease flying immediately, refer to the guidance on your medical certificate and seek the advice of your AME or your GP if he/she issued your last medical certificate.

    The UK CAA has developed a procedure for returning to flying.

    Validity period

    How long a LAPL medical certificate is valid for depends on how old you are on the day you have your examination. If you are under 40, the certificate is valid for 60 months. If you are 40 or over, it is valid for 24 months. If you are issued with a LAPL medical certificate before you turn 40, it will no longer be valid once you reach 42 years of age.

    If your medical certificate is due to expire in less than 45 days you can revalidate it.

    If your medical certificate has expired you can renew it.