Apply for a UK National Licence

Guidance for Private Pilots


After the transition period, any pilot flying an EASA aircraft will need a Part-FCL licence. Most of the aircraft in Europe are EASA Aircraft regardless of State of manufacture or registration.

The main exceptions are:

  • Microlights
  • Light Gyroplanes
  • Amateur built aircraft
  • Ex-military aircraft
  • Foot-launched aircraft
  • Vintage aircraft (that do not have EASA permits to fly or certificates of airworthiness)

This means some circumstances you may be required to apply for UK National licence.

Part-FCL licences are valid for UK-registered Annex II aircraft that are within the ratings included in the licence. E.g. the holder of a The CAA has amended the Air Navigation Order so that EASA licences with the appropriate class ratings are valid for non-EASA aircraft within those classes; thereby avoiding the need for the holder of an EASA PPL(A) with a current SEP rating to also hold a national licence in order to fly an amateur-built aeroplane or a Tigermoth, for example. (Note that the Air Navigation Order cannot make a National licence valid for the piloting of an EASA aircraft).

For further information relating to this please refer to  CAP 804 Section 1 Part C.


The specific UK National licences that can currently be applied for are:

  • NPPL(A) SSEA/SLMG - you must be at least 17 years old to apply. The minimum age for the first solo flight is 16 years old.
  • NPPL(A) Microlight - you must be at least 17 years old to apply. The minimum age for the first solo flight is 16 years old.
  • PPL(BA) for balloons and airships - you must be at least 17 years old to apply.
  • PPL(G) - you must be at least 17 years old to apply. The minimum age for the first solo flight is 16 years old.
  • UK CPL(B) - you must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • UK CPL(As) - you must be at least 18 years old to apply. 


The applicable fees will be relevant to the level of licence applied for therefore please refer to the current scheme of charges before making an application

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

Validity period

7 April 2014 is the last day when a UK National licence can be used to fly an EASA aeroplane or helicopter for the purposes of aerial work, commercial air transport or for any purpose if the maximum weight exceeds 2,000 kg or more than 4 people are on board.

7 April 2015 is the last day when a UK National licence can be used to fly any EASA aeroplane, helicopter, balloon or airship for any purpose, and the last day when national rules can be used to fly EASA sailplanes. From 8th April 2015 an EASA Part-FCL licence will be mandatory to fly any EASA aircraft for any purpose.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

  • Relevant application form
  • CAP 804
  • CAP 747
  • Scheme of Charges
  • CAA Refund Policy
  • Code of Practice
  • EASA flight crew website

You will need to provide

  • Application form applicable to the type of licence and/or rating applying for, and supporting material as applicable for your circumstances and the type of application (this maybe an online application);

  • A copy of the certificate of test pages from your existing licence certified by the Head of Training* (this enables us to ensure that your licence is issued with details of your current ratings). (if applicable)

    * other certifiers to this are stated on the application/online form.

  • A certified copy of your Part Med Class 1, 2 or LAPL Medical certificates. Applicable to level of licence you are applying for.

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted online by post or in person to the address below.

What to expect

A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.   Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.   We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending whilst the additional requirements are met.
An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements.   This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South