First class medical ADHD

Hey guys so I recently went to get my medical for flight school and they didn’t give it to me because I had ADHD when I was younger. I haven’t taken any medication in 4 years and have a note from a doctor stating I no longer would meet the requirements for ADHD. The FAA is reviewing my application and will get back to me, has anyone gone through this experience and how likely are they to still give you your class one

I think someone recently posted the time it took and amount of money. Let me see if I can find it

Chris F

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Here is the post on their situation and how it went.

Good luck,
Chris F



A medical certificate deferral isn’t fun. I know firsthand. The best advice that I can give you is to be patient and just follow the FAA’s instructions. If you have any questions on the status of your application just call the airman certification branch for updates.

I imagine the next thing that will happen is the FAA is going to review your application that was submitted by your Aviation Medical Examiner. After review they will most likely mail you some documentation which should include instructions on exactly what you need to do.

Take this advice with a grain of salt. Each case is different and I am only able give advice based off of my own experience. Your best resource for guidance is your AME.


Here’s an update on the situation, I have received all my medical records including all my ADHD records from since I was diagnosed I am about to write my personal statement and then turn them in. What I’ve read online makes me believe that since I’ve been off the medication for almost 4 years and I have two medical doctors stating that I no longer have ADHD or suffer from it my hope is that the FAA might just look past all this due to how long I’ve been off of it. Does anyone have any input on if this would help my case or would I be put in the same case as someone who stopped the medication yesterday. Thank you for your time!

Hello again, Ethan!

The FAA doesn’t look past medical records. They document everything that has been reported and make a decision on a case-by-case basis. Upon review, the medical certificate will either be granted, denied or they will ask for more information before making a decision. Your medical records and any reports written by any medical professionals will speak for themselves. The personal statement is more of a formality, a cover letter if you will, introducing yourself and briefly describing the enclosed documents. Beyond that, I would consult your AME for further guidance, if needed. They have far more experience with this than we do.

I do wish you the best of luck with this process, but to be honest, it really isn’t about luck. If it is meant to be, it’s meant to be. I told myself the same thing when I submitted my paperwork. Once the paperwork is mailed, it’s just a waiting game from there. I found that to be the hardest part actually. It took about 6mo for the FAA to review my paperwork. Just sharing that with you to give you some perspective.


Another update on the situation, I have mailed all medical documents referring to adhd and have two doctor notes stating I no longer suffer from adhd. I am waiting for a response I am going on two months since I overnighted them, does anyone have a guesstimate on the amount of time this will take for a response. I am eager to get in the air!

If I had to guess, it could take 3-6 months? Plus, with the new variant, who knows?



Any update on your situation? I am finding myself in a very similar situation you were in. I’m beginning the process of getting a First Class Medical w/ a Medical Diagnosis of ADHD. Curious if you have any updates on your situation.