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Houston FSDO

Flight Standards Realignment Information

Visitor Information on COVID-19 Precautions

We strongly recommend making an appointment with the FSDO before coming to the office.

In accordance with CDC Community Transmission Levels, if Transmission Levels are high (Red), the building might close and you will not be permitted entry. In that event, our office would need to know you were coming to inform you of the change and assist you virtually. Lower transmission levels may still require that you wear a mask upon entry to the office.

Please call or email the office to make an appointment — see Office Hours/Contact the Office information on this page.

Office Information

Appointment Information

All visits to the office are by appointment only.

Please contact the HOU FSDO main telephone number.


  • Maintenance appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays


  • Operations appointments are scheduled on Thursdays only for the following:
    • Name Changes
    • Nationality Changes
    • Gender Changes
    • CFI Renewals based on "Duties and Responsibilities"

Contact DPEs for the following:

  • Foreign Pilots, Military Competencies, and CFI Renewals
  • Verification of Authenticity of a Foreign License/Medical (FAA Letter of Authenticity)
  • SIC type rating applications
  • SOE restriction removals
  • Restricted ATP limitation removal
  • Student pilot certificates (seeking Private or Sport privileges)
  • Ground Instructor applications (Basic, Advanced and Instrument)

To locate a DPE, an airman can visit the FAA Designee Locator

The New Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, is in effect as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 29, 2016.

The Houston FSDO is not accepting appointments at this time for Remote Pilot Certificates.

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