Can a pilots FAA identification number be looked up, and verified?
I believe the FAA assigns a number, an identification number, or a license number to every pilot. I understand that this number stays the same even when a private pilot becomes a commercial pilot. And I believe the number stays with the originally assigned pilot even if he stops flying, or dies, or whatever.
This may be similar to a guide license number. The State of Alaska assigns a number to every licensed guide, and that number remains attached to the person even after they stop renewing their license. And, even if the guide stops paying for his license renewal, this number can be easily researched with only a persons name through the State of Alaska website.
I know my example is getting into the apples and oranges type argument.
But can anybody advise me on how to search FAA online information to verify if an individual is, or has ever been a pilot?
Thanks in advance....................IBEX