Beginning in 2014, the FAA took the first steps towards a fully integrated approach for managing Aviation Safety (AVS) designees across the Flight Standards Service (AFS), Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) and Aerospace Medical (AAM).

At this time, the only designees who have transitioned to DMS are AIR's Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representatives (DMIR) and Designated Airworthiness Representatives – Mfg. (DAR-F). Over the next few years, we will continue to expand the tool and transition the remaining 12 designee types, and Organization Designation Authorizations (ODAs), into DMS. Until that time, existing designees (other than DMIR/DAR-F) should continue to use the existing policies and tools defined by their AVS service or office.

Please read on for a message from our Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and additional information on DMS.


AVS oversees some 10,000 designees to help us meet public demand for certification services. As the use of designees increased over the years, the various Services and Offices each created their own processes for managing them. Like any system that's beenin place for a while, it became clear that AVS needed to overhaul its system to create a more standardized approach for managing its designees.

After several years of hard work by the Designee Steering Group, I'm pleased to announce that I have signed the new FAA Order 8000.95, Designee Management Policy. We now have a new integrated policy for managing all 14 designee types as well as a new IT system called the Designee Management System (DMS), which is a tool to support this policy. Please note that since the DMS will be implemented in phases over the next couple years, the policy is not immediately effective for all designee types. More details on the order of implementation will be available soon. I want to thank everyone involved in creating the new system to improve our invaluable designee program.

Peggy Gilligan
Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety

About Designee Management System (DMS)

In response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office audit, AVS is implementing an integrated policy across all designee types for improved designee management. The Designee Management System (DMS) is an IT system that has been developed to support this policy. Over the next few years, we will work with our services and office with designee management responsibilities to transition 14 different designee types into DMS with organization designation authorization being transitioned last.

Our initial deployment of DMS took place between June and September, 2014, and brought AIR manufacturing designees (DMIR/DAR-F) into DMS. We are currently updating the overall program schedule to reflect when certain designee types or groups of designee types will transition over to DMS. We’ll post the schedule so each designee will have a better idea of when they will make the transition. As we approach the transition period, the responsible service/office will reach out to their existing designee population with more detailed instructions and guidance. The type of information you may receive generally includes:

  • Instructions for when and where you will access the DMS;
  • Instructions on how you will login into DMS and credentials if needed;
  • Additonal tasks you must perform to ensure successful migration/transition to DMS;
  • Additional actions required by you to support your appointment as a designee within DMS.

As part of your transition to DMS, you’ll be assigned a unique nine-digit identification number known as the designee number. This new designee number will replace your existing designee number and will be used in documentation to identify the work and certifications completed by you when authorized by the Administrator. At the completion of your transition you will receive a new authorization known as a Certificate Letter of Authority (CLOA). This CLOA will contain the same or similarauthorizations and limitations as your current authorization.From that point forward, request for delegation, oversight activities, expansion requests, summary activity reports, renewal requests, etc. will be processed through DMS.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to working with you as we deploy the DMS policy and IT tool. Stay tuned for more information.

Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) geographical information:

If you are interested in pursuing appointment as a DMIR or DAR-F, please ensure you're applying to the appropriate MIDO office by reviewing the MIDO geographical area of responsibility based on your state of residence or by a specific MIDO.

Locate an Office: Manufacturing Inspection District Offices (MIDOs)

Designee Management System Information

Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR) and Designated Airworthiness Representative — Mfg. (DAR-F) Information

DMS Job Aids

DMS Training for DMIR/DAR-F

DMS Contacts

  • AVS National Service Desk — Contact for issues with the IT tool such as password resets, lockouts, system not functioning, etc. Do not contact for questions with policy, qualifications, etc.
    Phone: 1-877-AVS-NSD1 (1-877-287-6731) or email:
  • DMS Mailbox: Send requests that are not IT tool related and are not able to be answered by your managing specialist (if you are a designee)