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Aviation security requirements for pilots
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All current pilots must have an aviation security status check. You will also need an aviation security status check if are applying for a flight crew licence.
To get one of these checks you will need to apply for either an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or an Aviation Identification (AVID).
An ASIC is required by flight crew flying at a security controlled airports, or for any pilots under the age of 18.
You can apply for an ASIC through any of the ASIC issuing bodies listed on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Prior to 28 February 2020, pilots who met certain criteria could apply for an ASIC through CASA’s third-party provider of ASIC services. All applicant records were transferred to Aviation ID Australia following CASA’s decision to cease being an ASIC issuing body.
An Aviation Identification (AVID) is another form of security check, but cannot be used at security controlled airports. Applications will usually take between 4-6 weeks to process and checks are valid for up to five years.
Applying for an AVID, please use Aviation identification application form 499 (pdf 236.45 KB).
To apply for an AVID you must be 18 years or older. You must also have a Part 61 Flight Crew Licence and a current aviation medical, or be applying for a Flight Crew Licence.
If you fly with one of the sport or recreational associations and don’t use your Part 61 Flight Crew Licence you will need to apply for an ASIC.
You will need to provide:
- 100 points of identification, certified as true copies of the original/s.
Incorrectly completely forms, or forms without payment, will be returned to you.
Costs of an AVID
- AVID initiative application: $126
- AVID renewal: $126
The security check process
A background security check and assessment will be conducted. The expiry date for the security check will be based on the criminal history record and may be for less than five years. The background check for an AVID is not equivalent to the checks for an ASIC.
If you have an adverse security assessment or you are found to be an unlawful non-citizen you may have your application refused. You may also be refused the issue of a flight crew licence if you have applied for one. If you already hold a licence, your licence may be suspended or cancelled.