Instructions for the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization

The 7711-2 form is required for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAS/drone operators who are seeking waivers and/or exemptions for Part 91 operations. Drone operators seeking waivers or exemptions for Part 107 operations should consult the corresponding Waiver Safety Explanation Guidance.

UAS operators requesting a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for an aviation event or other advanced operations will need to complete Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (Form FAA 7711-2). It is important that the applicant read the Form directions carefully and provide all necessary information. 

The FAA has created the below step-by-step application guide to assist applicants in navigating the complex fields and ensure an efficient review process.

How do I apply?

Applicants should fill out the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization application. Applicants may find that some items are not relevant to their operation and are not required to fill out those fields. The relevant fields should be filled out thoroughly and completely. 

Send the completed form, supporting documents, and/or any questions via email to

How will my application be evaluated?

The FAA does not consider the application complete until it is determined that all necessary information has been provided. Guidance for filling out the form can be found below. It is important for applicants to carefully review the instructions for Item 7, which asks for a detailed description of the proposed operation and the multiple topics to include. Addressing each topic area in the order it is listed will assist in the determination of thoroughness and efficient review of the application.

Form Field Guidance

1-3. Applicants should provide current contact information.

  1. Name of organization
  2. Name of responsible person
  3. Permanent mailing address
    • House number and street or route number
    • City State and ZIP code
    • Telephone No.

Email addresses may also be provided, either in this section or under Remarks (following the signature line on the last page of this form).

4. State whether the applicant or any of its principal officers/owners has an application for waiver pending at any other office of the FAA.

  • Provide details for other waiver requests, such as a request number or other identifying information provided by FAADroneZone, or the FAA point of contact for other requests.

5. State whether the applicant or any of its principal officers owners has ever had its application for waiver denied, or whether the FAA has ever withdrawn a waiver from the applicant or any of its principal officers/owners.

  • Provide details for any previously denied waiver requests, such as a request number or other identifying information provided by FAADroneZone, or the FAA point of contact for those requests.

6. FAR section and number to be waived

In addition to the specific section and number for which you are seeking a waiver, indicate the following, either in this Item or under Item 7: 

  • Identify if this operation is a Public Part 91 (PAO) or a Civil operation. 
    • For PAO, does the operation meet 49 U.S.C. § 40125 requirements?
    • For Civil operations, what certification will the operation take part under? 
  • List any certification request that has been initiated for the operation under the indicated part. (e.g., Part 135, Part 137)
  • List any other prior agreements or approvals provided by the FAA for your equipment or operation (e.g., LOA, COA, Equipment Certifications, licenses, etc.).

7. Detailed description of proposed operation (Attach supplement if needed)

This item seeks a “detailed description of proposed operation.” Applicants should consider the following topics in response to this item. A full Concept of Operations (ConOps) document is not required. Additional information that is not directly related to the safety case for the intended operation, and that does not address any of the following topic areas, is generally not necessary.

8. Area of operation (Location, altitudes, etc.)

This information can be represented in many different ways, as the examples below show. In general, the more specific the information, the more accurately FAA can assess ground and air risk factors, as well as the suitability of the applicant’s mitigation measures.

  • State(s)    
  • City(s)/Town(s) 
    • Or nearest city(s)/town(s) if not conducted within the boundaries of a city/town.
  • Boundaries of the operation    
    • Latitude/longitude for the boundary points or radius from a central point for the proposed operation area. 
    • If the intended flight is a route(s) of flight from point to point, the intended flight path(s). 
    • Visual representation of the operations area boundaries or route of flight overlaid on a visual geospatial product (e.g., Google Maps, aeronautical chart overlay, etc.). 
    • Latitude/longitude coordinates represented as degrees, minutes, and seconds. 
  • If the intended operation originates and/or terminates at an airport: 
    • Airport(s) where the operation(s) will take place.
    • How will the UAS takeoff from the airport (e.g., conventional rolling, vertical liftoff, catapult, etc.)? (may be addressed under Item 7)
    • How will the UAS land or be recovered at the airport (e.g., conventional rolling, vertical landing, catch, etc.)? (may be addressed under Item 7)

9a-b. Beginning and ending time (Date and hour)

Applicants may also indicate general time ranges (e.g., daylight hours only) if a specific time or date is not applicable or has yet to be determined. An ending date should be provided if one exists; otherwise, indicate that the operation is ongoing indefinitely.

10. Aircraft details

  • Make and model (10a)
  • Pilot's Name (10b)
  • Certificate number and rating (10c)
  • Home address (Street, City, State) (10d)

Note: Further details about the aircraft may also be addressed under Item 7.

Aircraft Information:

  • Type (e.g., Multi-rotor, Fixed Wing, Single Rotor, Tilt Rotor, Hybrid, Lighter than Air)
  • Make
  • Model
  • Registration Number
  • Serial Number
  • Aircraft Weight (in pounds)
    • Without Payload/Cargo
    • Max Payload/Cargo

11-16. These items need not be completed for UAS operations, unless the operation is in for an air show or race.

I applied, what comes next?

Once the application is complete, the FAA will begin tracking the length of the review and approval period. The instructions provided above are intended to reduce the need for the FAA to request additional information from the UAS applicant, which can often delay the processing of waiver requests. 

Last updated: Wednesday, April 12, 2023