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Flight Standards Realignment Information

Effective Immediately — Visitor Restrictions due to COVID-19 Pandemic

In accordance with 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 available to assist you with your inquiry. Please call (317) 837-4400 or send an email to for assistance.

To report an accident or incident outside of our normal business hours of 7:30 A.M–4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, including holidays, please call the Regional Operations Center at 1-817-222-5006.

2021 Inspection Authorization Renewal

For the upcoming Inspection Authorization (IA) renewals in March 2021, there are several methods to submit your application.

The preferred method is through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA). This system will allow IAs to submit their entire renewal package to the FAA electronically. In addition, the FAA will have the ability to renew the Inspection Authorization remotely. The system will also generate, autofill, and email a renewal letter back to the IA instead of endorsing FAA Form 8310-5.

Download and review the IACRA instruction manual, which is located on the right side of the page. The instructions will help you to register and complete the application. If you have previously used IACRA for another certificate, you do NOT need to create a new account, simply use that existing account.

You may also submit your application through the US Postal Service (USPS) or via email. Be advised, you will experience increased processing time when submitting applications through these methods.

Mailing your application package remains similar to previous renewal periods.

If you choose to submit your application through email, ensure all documents are in an Adobe .pdf format and sent to:

Applicants renewing through IACRA will receive a letter in lieu of a new or recurrent signed FAA Form 8310-5 (yellow card). Additional information will be included in the letter. Applicants reviewing through email or mail may receive either a letter or a new or recurrent signed FAA Form 8310-5.

Office Information


To schedule appointments 24-hours in advance, please call (317) 837-4400 to leave a voicemail, or submit requests via email. We monitor this system continuously, and we will promptly return your call or email.

  • When scheduling an appointment with the Indianapolis FSDO, please review FAA Guidance before visiting. You can use the link below to prepare prior to your arrival.

The Indianapolis FSDO supports and highly encourages the public’s use of IACRA. IACRA can expedite the process of most certificate issuances in conjunction with your appointment at our office. For instructions, frequently asked questions, or additional help, please use the main IACRA link shown below.

  • IACRA – Integrated Airmen Certification and Rating Application
    • Until further notice, the Indianapolis Flight Standards Office is NOT accepting appointments for the following Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) functions:
      • Remote Pilot Certificates
      • Foreign Pilots
      • Verification of Authenticity of a Foreign License/Medical (FAA Letter of Authenticity)
      • CFI Renewals
      • Private Pilot Certificate Based on Foreign Certificate
      • Military Competency
      • 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, visit the following website and select GL11 or any other office location: FAA Designee Locator Site

Aviation Safety Knowledge Management Environment (ASKME) Airworthiness Certification (AWC) automates and expedites the process of airworthiness requests from the public and FAA designees. The Indianapolis FSDO supports and highly encourages public and designee use of AWC.

    • AWC requires that you establish an account for security purposes. To create your account, click the ‘New User Sign-Up’ link.
    • AWC expedites the process of most certificate issuances, including:
      • Special Airworthiness Certificates
      • Standard Airworthiness Certificates
      • Special Flight Permits


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