I recently became a student pilot again after 8 years. I have flown a few flights with an instructor in the past couple of months, but I have been talking to another instructor I intended to train with starting in the next few days. The new instructor mentioned I will need to provide a copy of my birth certificate or a passport. He said that he had to make an endorsement in my logbook stating that I had presented one of the two and that he had to retain a copy. The instructor I had been flying with had not mentioned this. I don’t mean to question the instructor, but I have a few questions about the regulation and was hoping someone on here could point me in the correct direction.
I was aware of a similar requirement for foreign pilots since 9/11, but was not aware of this requirement for U.S. citizens. I have tried searching the FARs, but have not been able to locate a regulation that addresses this requirement.
I don’t have a passport and have been unable to locate my birth certificate. Specifically I need to know if any other types of documentation would be acceptable, such as a drivers license, or a social security card. I was actually able to find a Birth Record Verification for me that had been obtained from a local health department, but it is not an official Birth Certificate (at least I don’t think), so I am wondering how the language of the regulation reads. I am sure I can order a copy from the state, but that would probably take awhile to get. I am also curious as to when the regulations say this has to be presented, before beginning training, prior to solo, or prior to applying for a pilot certificate.
Am I overlooking this in the FARs? Is this some sort of TSA rule or something? If any one can provide a link to the regulation I would be grateful.