Renewing an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence

From Transport Canada

An aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence remains valid until the date shown on the licence. In order for your AME licence to stay valid, you must renew it within the validity period (normally every six years). If your licence has expired, you may apply for it to be re-issued.

The information on this page is a basic overview of the license renewal process. Detailed AME licensing requirements are outlined in the:

Read this document in order to understand the requirements fully. You may also be interested in how to apply for an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence.

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Renewing a valid licence

Renew a valid aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) license by submitting:

  • an application form (available as a PDF only)

Send or bring the form, fee and photograph to your most convenient Transport Canada Centre.

Note: If your address changes, be sure to update your current AME licence.

Re-issue of a licence expired for less than one year

Apply for the re-issue of a license that has been expired for less than one year by submitting:

Send or bring the form, fee and photograph to your most convenient Transport Canada Centre.

Re-issue of a licence expired for more than one year

To apply for the re-issue of a license that has been expired for more than one year:

Send or bring the form, fee and photograph to your most convenient Transport Canada Centre.

Re-issue of a licence expired before August 1, 1999

If your licence expired before August 1, 1999, you must meet the same requirements as someone applying for the first time. You can get credit for previous basic training, experience, and maintenance tasks if you have the right documentation.

Read Obtaining an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence to learn about what is required to re-apply. You may also wish to review requirements in the Airworthiness Manual Chapter 566.

Replacing a valid licence that has been lost or destroyed

Report and replace a lost or destroyed licence by submitting a:

Send or bring the form and fee to your most convenient Transport Canada Centre.

Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence photographs

An AME licence will not be issued or renewed unless you submit a photograph of yourself to Transport Canada.

You may have your photograph taken at a Transport Canada Centre, or may submit a colour passport photograph or digital image. We will reject substandard photographs.

A submitted digital photo must be:
  • in JPEG (.jpg) format
  • of your face only, square, with no head tilt
  • an image in which you are not wearing sunglasses
  • an image with a plain, contrasting background
  • in full colour (24-bit)
  • taken within the last six months
  • sent along with your full name and licence number

Name the photo file using your AME licence number and .jpg extension.

For example, an AME with the licence number “123456” would name the file "123456.jpg."

If you are currently out of the country, you may be able to mail a colour passport photograph or digital image to Transport Canada. If you send the photo as a hard copy, you must sign your name and write your licence number on the back of the photo.

Contact us for more information about AME licence issuance or renewal

For further information, contact your nearest regional Transport Canada Centre.

Note: Regional office phone numbers are your first contact only. You may be asked to phone another Transport Canada Centre for further help.

If you live outside Canada, contact Transport Canada National Headquarters at 1-800-305-2059.

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