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Houston FSDO

Flight Standards Realignment Information

Effective Immediately – Visitor Restrictions due to COVID-19 Pandemic

In accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) guidance, and in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, visitor access to this facility is restricted until further notice. However, we are still able to assist you with your inquiry. Please call (281) 929-7000 or send an email to: for assistance.

COVID-19 Visitor Instructions

For your safety and the safety of our inspectors:

A face covering is required to enter this facility and conduct business.

Office Information

Appointment Information

Please contact the HOU FSDO Main Telephone Number


  • Maintenance appointments are scheduled on Tuesday’s


  • Operations appointments are scheduled on Thursday’s 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 Site

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.

Note: The Houston FSDO is NOT accepting appointments at this time for Remote Pilot Certificates.

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