Renew or Reinstate expired CFI

CFI Reinstatement

Did you let your CFI expire?

A Flight Instructor certificate expires every 24 calendar months. There are many different methods available to renew an Unexpired Flight Instructor certificate. But once the certificate has already expired, then it needs to be reinstated.


The process of reinstatement involves taking a checkride with an FAA examiner. Written exam is not required.

If you had a CFI, CFII and MEI (all 3 ratings), then you can pick any ONE of the ratings and take a practical exam for it and this should result in complete reinstatement. If you did not have all 3 ratings, then consider adding the one that’s missing.

Choosing CFII or MEI is usually a better choice. Either one can be completed in 3-4 days. I’d also go and attend some FAA approved FIRC program. I personally have been using American Flyer’s online FIRC for about 20 years now. They have a lifetime renewal membership for cheap.

You should also visit FAA Safety website and go through the available online safety seminars.

Visit our CFI Reinstatement page, and enroll to get your’s reinstated.

And yes, it is 3-4 days of training even if you have not flown a small airplane in a while. We have been helping flight instructors get this taken care of for more than 2 decades now. We will help with making this process very easy for you.

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4 Responses

    1. Albert, CFI Reinstatement is a short course and there are multiple different ways to accomplish this. No matter what the path (added rating, or current rating), it should take about a week to complete. Contact us at 916-209-0234 for custom quote. Thanks

  1. I am a former military instructor pilot and completed my initial CFI via mil comp. I am currently a contract instructor pilot for the military and complete and document recurring check rides with military evaluators. If my CFI were to expire could I renew in accordance with 61.199 (a)(3)?

    1. Yes, once your CFI is issued under mil-comp, you are in the regular FAA pool and all the regulations, including certificate renewals are to be done in accordance with 61.199.

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