Checking FAA's Pilot Records Database for Errors

As many professional pilots are already aware, FAA is phasing out the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) records system and replacing it with the new Pilot Records Database (PRD). While the full transition will take three years, the PRD is already live at and can be accessed by pilots certificated to fly manned or unmanned aircraft commercially.


Specifically, pilots with a Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and a valid FAA Medical Certificate, and pilots with a Remote Pilot Certificate, can sign up for PRD access. There is no charge for pilots to sign up and check their own PRD records, and it is advisable to do so in case there are any errors or inaccuracies present. 14 CFR §111.320 allows pilots finding errors or inaccuracies to report them and request corrections, and 14 CFR §111.250 details the responsibilities of the reporting entity to correct errors and resolve related disputes.

Chad Mayer

Legal Services Plan, Attorney
Chad Mayer is an in-house attorney with AOPA’s Legal Services Plan who assists Plan members with a wide variety of aviation-related legal issues. He is also a Commercial Pilot, a Remote Pilot with sUAS Rating, and an Advanced/Instrument Ground Instructor. The AOPA Legal Services plan is offered as part of AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.

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