FAA Part 107 Exam Changes: FAA Tracking Number (FTN)

Uncategorized Jan 10, 2020

Obtaining An FAA Tracking Number

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a set of updated FAA Drone Pilot Exam changes to the Part 107  Rule. 

FTN: FAA Tracking Number

Starting on January 13th, drone enthusiasts who are in the process of acquiring an FAA Drone License (Remote Pilot Certificate) will need to register on the IACRA website. Registering for IACRA will provide you with a unique FAA tracking number that is required before scheduling your exam at an approved FAA Testing Center. 

Essentially, the FAA has added one more step to the process for applicants. This is not too complicated, and I’ll walk you through the exact steps on how to do this below. 

1. Registering as an Applicant in IACRA

  • Click the 'Register' link near the top right of IACRA home page.
  • There are many different roles in IACRA, but you must use the "Applicant" role to apply for a new certificate or to modify an existing certificate.
  • Check the 'Applicant' box, then agree to the Terms of Service (TOS) and continue.
  • On the IACRA User Profile Information page, please enter all the information.
    • If you don't have an existing certificate, leave that section blank.
    • Use your full legal name, including any suffix.
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This name must match the name on your Knowledge Test (if the test was required).
    • Please enter a valid email address. IACRA will use it for important notifications.
    • Create a user name and strong password. Please remember your password.
    • Click Register.
    • If there is any required information missing, there will be error messages.
  • IACRA will display your FTN (FAA Tracking Number). Please write this number down; it will also be emailed to you. This number is your unique identifier, and for most application types you must provide it to your Instructor and/or Certifying Officer to complete an application.
  • If you start an Airman application, additional personal information will be required (residential address, height, weight, etc.)


IACRA Registration Link: https://iacra.faa.gov/IACRA/Default.aspx


How to Schedule Your Test For a Remote Pilot’s License 

Once you have your FTN and feel you have the material down, the next step is to schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center. 

  1. Apply directly (online): https://faa.psiexams.com/FAA/login
  2. You can also contact Knowledge Test Service Providers directly to schedule the test at:
  • CATS: (800) 947-4228
  • PSI: (800) 211-2754

Airman Certificate Testing Certificate Service (Updates)

The Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS) manages pilots of manned and unmanned vehicles.

They hope the new FTN requirement will help to significantly reduce the number of returned files, saving FAA resources and encourage the use of IACRA while allowing for future expansion of the electronic application process.

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