The BasicMed rule is now effective! Print off a BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (CMEC) (PDF) and get your physical exam with a state-licensed physician. Then complete a BasicMed online medical course     Then go fly!


The Basics of BasicMed:

Pilot Requirements

  • Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License
  • Must have or have had at least a third class medical issued at some point after July 14th, 2006 (You only need to have held a medical certificate at any point after July 14, 2006. It does not need to be current.)
  • Must get a physical exam with a state-licensed physician, using the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist, every four years.
  • Must complete a BasicMed medical education course every two years. Click here to access the course offered by AOPA.

Aircraft Limitations

  • The aircraft must not be certified for more than five passengers
  • Aircraft must have a max takeoff weight of less than 6,000 pounds.

Operational Limitations

  • May operate in the United States only
  • May operate VFR or IFR below 18,000 feet MSL
  • Must operate less than 250 knots
  • Non-commercial operations only