Applying for a medical certificate? Avoid the CASA queue


It’s a common misconception that all medical certificate applications and renewals must be reviewed and approved by CASA.

For class 1 applicants and people with certain conditions, that’s true.

But if you’re applying for a class 2 medical certificate or a basic class 2 medical certificate, your GP or designated aviation medical examiner (DAME) may be able to help fast track the process for you.

If you’re applying for a class 2 medical, some DAMEs may issue one on the spot. These are known as DAME2s. If you’d like to book a medical examination with someone who is authorised to provide this service, check out the list of Australian DAME2s on our website.

Basic class 2 medical certificates can be recommended for approval by any medical practitioner (including a GP) who does medicals for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The medical standard is exactly the same as the commercial driver standard (Austroads).

If you’re applying for a basic class 2 medical, all you need to do is:

  • enter your details in MRS
  • nominate the medical practitioner who will be conducting your examination
  • print the form with your medical practitioner’s details on it
  • attend your medical appointment
  • (where no issues are identified) complete the declaration in MRS and pay the $10 application fee. The basic class 2 medical certificate will then be emailed to you on the spot.

We’re currently processing a large number of applications, so choosing these options, if they apply to you, can potentially save you a significant amount of time – and avoid you getting caught in our queues.

It will also help free up our staff to focus on class 1 medical applications and renewals, and medical applications and renewals in other classes that require a CASA review.

Not sure which class of medical certificate you should be applying for or what the different options are? See the quick reference guide to medical certificates on our website.