An ARN is an Aviation Reference Number. It is similar to an account number or customer number and it should be quoted whenever you communicate with CASA. It is your own unique identifier. If you hold a licence or permission you will find in most cases that the number on the licence or permission is the ARN belonging to the entity that holds that licence or permission.
ARNs are issued to both organisations and individuals; the only pre-requisite is that the party must be a legal entity. This means that ARNs are not issued to business names, consortiums or partnerships.
Providing an ARN on your application is, in many cases, mandatory. Applying for an ARN at the same time as the application will fulfil the mandatory requirement.
Individuals with no ARN: You must submit Form 1162 with the appropriate identification along with this application.
Organisations with no ARN: You must submit Form 1170 with the appropriate identification along with this application.
Not sure if you have an ARN?
If you are an individual and not sure if you have an ARN, or if you do not know what your ARN is, you should send an email to email@example.com. Include one piece of identification, such as a copy of a current passport or birth certificate, and request that your ARN be provided by return email.
If you are an organisation and not sure if you have an ARN, or if you do not know what your ARN is, an email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org along with identification (for example, ACN or copy of certificate of incorporation). The email may be sent from someone other than a person authorised to act on behalf of the organisation (Director, CEO, Company Secretary, President, Vice President or similar) but in these cases the response, and ARN where applicable, will be sent to the email address on the ARN record – it will not be provided to the requestor.
What identification do I need to supply with my ARN application?
Acceptable forms of identification for individuals are birth certificates (full or extract), passport identification pages or Australian Citizenship Certificates. The identification supplied must be in English, be clear and be legible.
Please note that a driver's licence is not acceptable identification for an individual.
Acceptable forms of identification for organisations are as follows:
- For companies registered with ASIC, insert your organisation's ACN or ARBN in the appropriate space on the applicable form. CASA will check the Australian Securities and Investments Commission register to validate the number provided and ensure that the registered office address provided is correct.
- For companies not registered with ASIC, a copy of a certificate of incorporation.
- For government bodies, a copy of the establishing statutory provision which proves it capable of exercising statutory rights in its own right.
- For foreign corporations, a copy of a certificate of incorporation, or equivalent document
It is not necessary to supply certified copies of identification.