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Oregon Pilot Registration Requirements
Pilot Registration FORM
 
ORS 837.020 requires every pilot operating within Oregon to register with the Oregon Department of Aviation. By law, registration must take place within 60 days of issuance of any "appropriate effective federal certificate, permit, rating or license relating to competency as a pilot" - with the exception of student pilots, who must register prior to their first solo flight. Non-resident pilots must also register with Dept of Aviation if flying in Oregon. Only non-resident pilots flying in order for major air carriers are exempt from pilot registration requirement, so long as they do not engage in any recreational flying or personal business, such as charter, agricultural operations, flight instruction, etc. in Oregon.
 
Registration fees are set by statute at a mere $12 initial fee for the first year. They are subsequently renewable on the anniversary of the pilot´s birthday for $24, which covers a two-year window of time. Every registered pilot must notify the Department in writing within 30 days of a change of address or change of name.
 
Certificate of Oregon Pilot Registration. Every pilot operating within Oregon must present a federal certificate of competency and state certificate of registration upon demand. The certificate of registration shall be kept in the personal possession of the pilot when operating aircraft within this state.
 
Dedication of Oregon Pilot Fees to Air Search & Rescue. Pursuant to ORS 837.035, proceeds from Oregon Pilot Registration fees are deposited in a dedicated account which funds Air Search & Rescue through the Department of State Police, Office of Emergency Management. This revenue stream is dedicated to funding all expenses incurred in conducting activities authorized under ORS 401.555 to search for lost planes, as well as search and rescue of lost persons. The funds are also used to provide pilot survival education and training.
 
If you have questions about registration requirements, you may contact ODA by telephone at 800-874-0102 or by e-mail at aviation.mail@state.or.us.