FAA issues photo ID rule for pilots

 - May 7, 2008, 7:03 AM

As of October 28, airmen are required to carry a photo identification acceptable to the agency when exercising the privileges of a pilot certificate, according to just-published revisions to FAR Part 61. Additionally, pilots are now required to present a photo identification when requested by an authorized representative of the FAA, NTSB, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or a law-enforcement officer. The new requirements were published as a final rule at the request of the TSA, but the public may comment on them until November 27. The FAA expects the most commonly used photo ID will be a pilot’s valid U.S. driver’s license. Other acceptable forms of photo ID include state-issued ID cards, U.S. military IDs, passports and credentials that authorize access to airport secure areas.