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What You Need to Do When Arrested for DUI, DWI, or Any Drunk Driving Violation When You Have a Pilot's License

Reporting Requirements for Pilots

Pursuant to 14 CFR 61.15, all pilots must send a Notification Letter to the FAA’s Security and Investigations Division within 60 calendar days of the effective date of an alcohol-related motor vehicle related conviction or administrative action.

You can download a template Notification Letter here to fill out and send to the FAA. 

If you do not yet have a criminal lawyer representing you for your DUI or other drunk driving offense, please contact a Criminal Attorney for your DUI offense immediately.  If you already have a criminal attorney, make sure that you review your notification letter with your attorney.  You should bookmark this page and forward it to your criminal attorney because while it is not necessary that your attorney be experienced with FAA requirements, very few attorneys are familiar with them.

Each event, administrative action, or conviction requires a separate Notification Letter.

For example, an airman’s driver license may be suspended at the time of arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol for either:

  • Failing a blood/breath test or
  • Refusing to test

An airman/pilot must send a Notification Letter for the driver's license suspension.  The airman/pilot must then send a second Notification Letter if the licensed pilot is later convicted of the alcohol related offense.  The FAA will view the suspension and conviction as one alcohol-related incident even though two notification letters were sent.

Notification Letters should be sent to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Security and Investigations Division (AMC-700)
P.O. Box 25810
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
or
Fax to: (405) 954-4989
Notification Letters must contain:
  • Name, Address, Date of Birth, Certificate Number, Telephone Number
  • Type of Violation (conviction and/or administrative action)
  • Date(s) of Action(s)
  • State Holding the Record
  • Driver License Number
  • Statement whether this relates to a Previously Reported motor vehicle accident (MVA)

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