Getting A PIN


In order to act as PIC within the Washington Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) you must have a FRZ PIN (Personal Identification Number).     This is in addition to all SFRA requirements and  applies to all aircraft and pilots operating within the FRZ who are  not otherwise exempted-in essence, everything and everyone other than scheduled airline, police, military, lifeguard, and medivac flights.  Filing IFR DOES NOT get you around it.  

In order to get a PIN, you must successfully complete criminal background and FAA records checks.  The criminal background check is based on fingerprinting and the FAA records check is conducted by an FAA inspector at a Flight Standards District Office. 

Here are the steps:

  1. 1.Click Here to download the initial forms (Adobe PDF reader required).  Complete the top half of the  TSA form.  Check the “Hyde Field” box at the top and take this form with you for the two steps that follow.  Put the Hyde Field PIN Request form aside for later. 

  2. 2.

    1. Call NATA Compliance Services at 800-788-3210, Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM (ET).  They will set you up with a login to their site where you’ll enter additional information.  Complete the forms from the NATA site and print them out but DO NOT SIGN THEM. 

    1. Fingerprints can be done at the Airport Security Office at Reagan National Airport as well participating airport badging offices and other NATA authorized collection sites nationwide.  See  for a list.   If you choose to go to Reagan, the hours there are Monday - Friday, 7 AM until 12 Noon, and then 1 PM until 3 PM. (They are closed for lunch.) This is done on a walk-in basis and no appointment is necessary.   Go to Terminal A, which is the old main terminal where the control tower used to be. If you are driving, park in  Garage A (short-term parking).  Go in the old main entrance by the circle and take the elevator to the basement. When you get off the elevator you'll see a sign for ID badges; follow it to the airport security office.    Take both the TSA form you downloaded from this site AND the forms from the NATA site with you.  These forms MUST be signed IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FINGERPRINT COLLECTOR.  Please also be sure the person taking your fingerprints signs the TSA form.

    1. FAA Records Review can be done at either the Washington or Baltimore Flight Standards District Office.  Hours are 7:00 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday other than federal holidays.  Appointments are required but they’re generally pretty easy;  see below for directions and phone numbers.  Take the TSA form, your pilot certificate or student medical certificate and a government-issued photo ID.   The FAA representative will sign the TSA form.

    2. The Baltimore FSDO is located at 890 Airport Park Road, Suite 101, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 and the phone number for appointments is 410-787-0040.  To get there:

      1. From I-95 or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, take MD 100 East.

      2. Exit onto I-97 going north.

      3. Take exit 15B, MD 176 going west.

      4. Turn right at the first signal onto Aviation Blvd.

      5. Turn right again at the next signal onto Cromwell Park Rd.

      6. Take the second left onto Airport Park Rd.

      7. Turn right at the second parking lot entrance (both are marked “890”).  The FSDO is on the right in the one -story brick building in Suite 101.

    3. The Washington FSDO is located at 13873 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA 20171 and the phone number for appointments is 703-230-7664.   To get there:

      1. Take I-66 or the Dulles Toll Road west from the Washington beltway (I-495)

      2. Exit at Virginia Route 28.  From the toll road go south on 28; from I-66 go north.

      3. Exit  at McClearen Road  (McClearen only goes one direction from 28)

      4. Turn left on Towerview Rd

      5. Turn left on Park Center Rd to 13873.

  3. 3.Once everything above is completed, fill out the upper portion of the second form from our site but do not sign it.  Fax or email  the TSA form and our form to us (we don’t need the NATA forms).  This is important; TSA does not process your PIN application until we receive this information. The fax number is 301-297-7897, or click Here to send email.     The respective agency will contact you directly if any questions come up during the background checks 

Generally, the process takes a week or two once everything is submitted.  Upon approval your PIN will be issued through our security staff and we will notify you to come in for a final briefing on procedures and guidelines.  We can arrange things so you can fly in for this if you like.

For any questions please contact Ray Isherwood, Airport Security Coordinator, at 301-412-4566 or Stan Fetter, Airport Manager, at 301-234-0065.

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