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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

A certified copy is a copy of a document which is signed by an authorised person who has seen the original document and can vouch that the copy has been made accurately and honestly. Photocopies of documents that have been sent by email cannot be certified as true copies as the certifier has not compared it to the original document.

Additionally, each document must be individually stamped, signed and dated by the verifier. It is not sufficient to complete one certification text covering multiple types of document (for example, ID and licence).

Please note that the certification requirements vary depending on the type of document that is being certified.

Certified copies of licences

You need to provide a copy of your licence for all licensing applications.  

If you have had any ratings signed up on your licence, you will need to provide a certified copy of your licence. 

If your licence is as issued by the CAA (there are no handwritten additions to your licence) you can send us a photocopy of your licence. 

Who can certify your licence

Your pilot licence can be certified by someone working in a 'recognised profession' 

Certification format

The certifier should write the following on each copy:

  • the declaration “I have seen the original document and I certify that this is a complete and accurate copy of the original licence for (applicant name)”
  • their signature
  • their name (in block capitals)
  • their position/job title and company (e.g., "Head of Training at [company name]")
  • their CAA reference number (where applicable) or their professional qualification number
  • the date

It does not matter where on the page the certifier enters the certification text, as long as all details on the licence can still be read.

Example

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Certified copies of theoretical examination results

If you sat your theoretical examinations abroad and are applying to the UK CAA to have your licence issued, you will need to provide a certified copy of your examination results. Similarly, if you have sat part of your exam set abroad and wish to continue taking the rest of your exams with the UKCAA, you will need to provide a certified copy of your exam results

Please note that you do not need to provide a certified copy of your examination results if you sat your exams with the UK CAA, as the results are already held on our system.

Who can certify your examination results:

When you send us a copy of your examination results, they can be certified by someone working in a 'recognised profession'

Certification format

The certifier should write the following on each copy:

  • the declaration “I have seen the original document and I certify that this is a complete and accurate copy of the original for (applicant name)”
  • their signature
  • their name (in block capitals)
  • their position/job title and company (e.g. "Head of Training at [company name]")
  • their CAA reference number (where applicable) or their professional qualification number
  • the date
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Certified copies of ID

You will be asked to submit a certified copy of your ID with certain licensing applications.

There are two ways to provide your ID document:

  • by providing a photograph of you holding your photo ID
  • by providing a certified copy of your photo ID

Providing a photograph of you holding your photo ID

The option to provide a photo of yourself holding your ID is provided as an alternative to obtaining a certified copy.

How to take the photo:

  1. Take the photo in a room with enough light
  2. Select the highest photo quality on the device you are using to take the photo
  3. Hold up your ID document next to your face
  4. Make sure both your head and shoulders are visible in the picture
  5. Make sure your ID is clear in the photo. Nothing on the ID can be covered. The picture on your ID must be clear and all text must be legible.

If your photo is not of high enough quality (sufficiently sharp and not blurry), we won’t be able to accept it and will therefore request a better or certified copy, which will delay your application.

Example

Providing a certified copy of your photo ID

Alternatively, you can provide a photocopy of your photo ID that has been certified by someone working in a 'recognised profession' 

Certification format

The certifier should write the following on each copy:

  • the declaration “I have seen the original document and I certify that this is a complete and accurate copy of the original passport for (applicant name)”
  • their signature
  • their name (in block capitals)
  • their position/job title (e.g. "Head of Training at [company name]")
  • their CAA reference number (where applicable) or their professional qualification number
  • the date

It does not matter where on the page the certifier enters the certification text, as long as they don’t write over the photo or passport details.

Example

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Certified copies of marriage certificates or deed polls

If you need to change the name on your licence, we may ask for a certified copy of your marriage certificate or deed poll certificate to be submitted with your change of details application. 

Who can certify your marriage certificate or a deed poll

Your certificate can be certified by someone working in a 'recognised profession'

Certification format

The certifier should write the following on each copy:

  • the declaration “I have seen the original document and I certify that this is a complete and accurate copy of the original [marriage certificate] for [applicant name]”
  • their signature
  • their name (in block capitals)
  • their position/job title and company(e.g. "Head of Training at [Company name]")
  • their CAA reference number (where applicable) or their professional qualification number
  • the date
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Certified copies of logbook pages

Please see our guidance on submitting logbooks for further information on how to send us certified copies of your paper logbooks.

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Accepted certifiers

The certifier must:

  • be 18 or over
  • work in (or be retired from) a ‘recognised profession’

The certifier cannot be someone:

  • you’re related to by birth or marriage
  • you’re in a relationship with or live with
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Recognised Professions

The following are considered to be a ‘recognised profession’.

Aviation professionals:

  • Airline pilot – must hold a UK issued pilots’ licence
  • Base Captain
  • Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)
  • Engineer– must hold a UK issued engineers’ licence
  • Fleet Manager
  • Head of Flight Standards at an Air Operator Certificate holder or authorised signatory
  • Head of training at your approved training organisation
  • UK-approved Examiner

Non-aviation professionals:

  • Accountant
  • Bank or building society official
  • Barrister/solicitor
  • Commissioner for oaths
  • Councillor, for example local or county
  • Civil servant (permanent)
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Financial services intermediary, for example a stockbroker or insurance broker
  • Fire service official
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Local government officer
  • Member of Parliament
  • Minister of a recognised religion (including Christian Science)
  • Nurse (RGN or RMN)
  • Officer of the armed services
  • Optician
  • Paralegal (certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals)
  • Pharmacist
  • Police officer
  • Post Office official
  • Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers
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