Whether you are using it for business or for pleasure, owning an aircraft can be extremely rewarding. It is imperative, however, that you register your aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration to avoid any registration violations. In order to be eligible to register your aircraft, the plane may not be currently registered in any other country. The owner of the aircraft must also be a citizen of the United States or a citizen of another country that is legally admitted to live permanently in the U.S.
Once you have determined if you are eligible to register, you must submit certain documents to the Aircraft Registration Branch, including: evidence that you are the owner of the aircraft, registration fee and the aircraft registration application. If the registrant is a company or corporation, evidence that the organization exists, as well as a list of managers must also be submitted. You can check to see if the department received your application by using the Document Index search on the aircraft inquiry page.
Once the aircraft is registered, owners are responsible for keeping the registration current and valid. The registration lasts for three years. You will receive a renewal notice approximately six months before the registration expires, and must have the application to renew submitted at least five months before your aircraft registration expires. Keep in mind that you must have your aircraft registered in order to receive an airworthiness certificate and to be able to legally fly your aircraft.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.