To apply for a Class 2 medical certificate, you need to have a medical examination by an
Aeromedical Examiner (AME). If you meet the medical requirements the AME will issue your
To book your examination, you need to make an appointment directly with an AME. Use our AME search to find one near you.
An AME is a specially qualified doctor certificated to issue EU medical certificates to
Only one EU medical certificate can be held at a time and you can only apply for a licence from
the aviation authority in the state that holds your medical records.
If you are aware of any personal or family medical history you should mention it when you book
your AME appointment. Your AME will then be able to tell you whether you will need to bring along
any additional information or reports to the appointment.
Download our flow
chart: Guidance for Applicants for Initial Medical Certificates in the UK (PDF)
If you wear glasses or contact lenses you will need to take them and your most recent optician’s
report along to the examination.
You will be asked to provide a sample of urine, so ideally you should arrive at the examination
with a full bladder.
Your AME will be able to help you with any additional individual preparations you need to make
before your appointment.
At the examination you will need to complete the medical certificate application form. This is a
signed declaration containing the following:
Your AME may ask you to complete the form in advance of your appointment.
Download a blank medical certificate application
A medical examination with an AME may take several hours. The examination will include some or
all of the following:
More detailed information on the
A medical certificate can be issued by your AME on the same day as the examination if all the
requirements are met. If the requirements are not met or further investigations are necessary then
a decision on your fitness for a medical certificate will take longer.
How long a Class 2 medical certificate is valid for depends on what age you are when you are
If you are under 40, the certificate will be valid for 60 months. Please note that if you are
issued with a class 2 medical before you reach 40, it will no longer be valid once you reach42
years of age.
If you are aged between 40 and 50 the certificate will be valid for 24 months. Please note that
if you are issued with a class 2 medical before you reach 50, it will no longer be valid once you
reach 51 years of age.
If you are aged 50 or over the certificate will be valid for 12 months.
Download our full medical certificate validity
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