I think you'll get the new one; I believe it's "effective immediately". What I don't understand is that if they went to the trouble to redesign the certificate, why can't they just put a photo on it. It wouldn't be any more difficult than what the DMV goes through to put a picture on your driver's license, no more difficult than the state department putting your photo on your passport; no more difficult than the military putting your photo on your military ID
, while there may be some real security benefits here. If Bank of America can put your photo on your checkcard, and my school can put a photo on my ID
card, then so can the FAA.
But on the flip side of the coin, I understand that the FAA has a very tight budget, and there really are better uses for the money (such as ATC upgrades, etc)
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