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 or operating under Part 135 DO 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:

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. 

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    1. Visit on the web.   Follow their instructions to create a login, print their fingerprint custody form, and initiate the fingerprinting and background check process.  Complete the forms from the NATA site and print them out but DO NOT SIGN THEM.  For questions about the fingerprinting process ONLY,  call NATA Compliance Services at 800-788-3210, Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM (ET).  The rest of the instructions for the MD3 process contain minor inaccuracies; please follow the instructions HERE ON THIS SITE.  Also, you DO NOT need to download the TSA form from the first page of the NATA site as it is outdated.  Use ONLY the TSA form you downloaded from THIS site in #1 above.

    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.  Identification is required; see the NATA site for a list of what is accepted.   We recommend using only an airport badging office or NATA site for fingerprints as fingerprints taken at other sites (law enforcement, etc.) may require additional steps and/or cause additional delays.   Charges vary by location but generally run between $29 and $100.

    1. 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.  IN ALL CASES the NATA forms MUST be signed IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FINGERPRINT COLLECTOR.  DO NOT sign or date them ahead of time.  Please also be sure the person taking your fingerprints signs the TSA form.

    1. The completed, signed NATA form has to go back to NATA once your fingerprints have been taken.   That process varies depending on the location; please follow the specific instructions for the site you use.  DO NOT send the NATA forms to us. 

    1. FAA Records Review is completed by an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).    Locally, here in the DC area, both the Washington and Baltimore locations can do it.    Their 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.

    4. This process is evolving; more FSDO locations around the country now have this capability so your local FSDO may be able to do it.  Those confirmed so far are:

  2. Boston, MA

  3. Bradley, CT

  4. Columbus, OH

  5. Farmingdale, NY

  6. Ft. Worth, TX

  7. Harrisburg, PA

  8. Indianapolis, IN

  9. Nashville, TN

  10. Orlando, FL

  11. Saddlebrook, NJ

  12. Teterboro, NJ

  13. If your local FSDO is not on the list yet, feel free to call and ask as more are coming online at a pretty good pace.

When you have completed the fingerprinting and FSDO check, 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. There is NO NEED for you to physically come to our airport in order to apply for a PIN.  Upon approval we will notify you directly.  Your PIN will be issued through our security staff and we will brief you on the specifics of operating to and from our airport.   

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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10275A Piscataway Road - Clinton, MD 20735


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