Expired Certificates

Technically, there’s no expiration date on an Elevation Certificate. However, when they’re so old the information isn’t relevant, then a new one may be required. Such as when a building has been reconstructed/elevated or demolished. Sometimes, information required today didn’t appear on the older style forms, and a new one will be necessary.

Usually, older Elevation Certificates remain useful for knowing what the height of a piece of land is above sea level, unless the landscape has changed.

Elevation Certificate Form

While an expiration date appears in the upper right corner of Elevation Certificates, you can ignore that date; it’s only relevant to expiration of the blank form. Even then, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allows for the continued use of these forms after they’ve expired because a new form isn’t ready; sometimes this may take years.