Medical examination disqualification

My name is Taylor and I am 30 years old. My question is about medical examinations. In the past I’ve had issues with alcohol. A couple trips to urgent care but no arrests or anything. I never did a program but am 2+ years sober. I’m also having a small surgery on a herniated disc in my low back. It’s not removing a disc just cleaning it up a bit. I was wondering if these are disqualifying or if someone had the contact info for someone who could answer. Thank you all for your time.


For all medical questions you need to speak with an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). The attached will help you find one in your area.



We leave those answers to the professionals! However, if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. That’s what we’re here for.


Invest in free consultation or 2 with an aviation attorney to discuss how to handle the specifics regarding alcohol issues and the FAA.

AOPA has a premium membership that includes a consultation and help regarding medical issues.

I’d start there so you know what’s legally required, what to expect along the way, and if there are any hurdles in your future.

Chris F