FAA Medical Certification File
The psychiatric assessment specifications published by the FAA require a review of the FAA medical file. You will often see specific language placed in correspondence, saying something like this:
In advance of the evaluation, you will need to authorize us to release a copy of your entire FAA Medical File to the HIMS Psychiatrist/Psychiatrist/chosen evaluators. The HIMS Psychiatrist/Psychiatrist/evaluators must comment in their report on having received and reviewed the entire FAA Medical File and address the clinically relevant information in the context of the evaluation.
On Form 8065-2, fill in your information at the top, sign and date at the bottom.
I’m enrolled in the FAA’s electronic documents system. If the FAA file request comes from my office and with a cover letter, you can save days to weeks from the processing time since your file will not be sent through the mail.
Even if not required as a mandate, the FAA could still determine, after your case has been filed, that a psychiatrist should have reviewed the FAA medical file. I recommend that the pilot request the FAA medical file as soon as possible even if the file review has not (yet) been required by the agency.
Unless so stated, you do not have to request a copy of a certified (Blue Ribbon) medical file. There could be unique reasons to request a Blue Ribbon file but you can usually skip the extra cost and time in producing a notarized copy of your record.
Click the download button to get a copy of FAA Form 8065-2.
For more ways to contact the FAA about your medical file, the FAA publishes THIS PAGE.