What if I’m a pilot and get a DWI?

If you hold a FAA pilot’s license, even a non-commercial license, you are required to send a notification letter to the FAA if you have a “Reportable Offense“.

FAA’s Précis of Reporting

According to Federal Aviation Administration | click link to Read More  

Examples of Reportable Administrative Actions (not a comprehensive list)

  • Revocation, suspension, or cancellation of driver license for:
    • Chemical Test Failure
    • Chemical Test Refusal
  • Administrative Per se Orders
  • 10-day Civil Revocations
  • Express Consent Revocation/Suspension

Examples of Reportable Convictions (not a comprehensive list)

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI)
  • Driving with an Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level
  • Operating While Under the Influence (OWUI)

If you don’t send a notification letter the FAA can suspend you.  Click link for notification letter. This letter must be sent to:

Federal Aviation Administration
Security and Investigations Division (AMC-700)
P.O. Box 25810
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

Of course if you are a commercial pilot, you probably already understand you will never fly commercially again if you are convicted of a DWI. Not that the FAA won’t allow it, but that the chances of getting hired are extremely low.


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