Does anyone know if a parent/guardian needs to be present for any reason in order for a 16 year old to take the FAA written exam? Or are there any other technicalities/considerations when it comes to a minor taking the written exam?

It seems like the answer is "No", but I'm just making sure...



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FAA Order 8080.6H - Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests states, on page 3-2, the following with respect to an "Underage Applicant" (under age 18):

Underage Applicant. For an applicant under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian may have to accompany the applicant and, after identifying themselves as described above, may attest to the applicant’s identity. (Refer to FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 5, Chapter 1, Section 3.) The parent or legal guardian must present a valid and current form of identification as described in subparagraph 1b above.

(emphasis is mine)

That a parent or legal guardian may have to accompany the applicant is likely due to the fact that the applicant (under age 18) may not possess a required form of identification, such as that noted on page 3-1 in FAA Order 8080.6H (link above):

Acceptable Forms of Identification. The proof of applicant identification may be presented in more than one form.

(1) Acceptable forms of photo identification for U.S. citizens and resident aliens include:

• Driver’s license issued by a U.S. state or territory,

• U.S. Government identification card,

• U.S. Military identification card, or

• Passport or alien residency card

  • $\begingroup$ That was my understanding, only if the minor doesn't have a passport or drivers license would a parent need to be present. I also found this from the link below: "In the case of an applicant under the age of 18, who does not possess an acceptable form(s) of identification, a parent or legal guardian is required to accompany the applicant, and after presenting identification as described in the above table, may attest to the applicant’s identity" faa.gov/sites/faa.gov/files/2022-09/testing_matrix_2.pdf $\endgroup$
    – caleb1
    Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 22:51

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