Use this guide to learn how to file an online COA with the FAA.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
OE/AAA®
UAS Civil COA EXTERNAL USER GUIDE

Welcome
Thank you for using the UAS Civil COA System. OE/AAA UAS COA is a public Web site provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS integration Office at https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/uas .
The UAS civil COA Web site enables individuals and organizations prior to commencing UA operations, to apply for a civil Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA. The site will allow you to easily notify the FAA of your intent and proposed UAS activity. This, in turn, allows the FAA to efficiently evaluate and determine the impacts of these activity(s) on the National Airspace System (NAS) under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
The UAS civil COA External User Guide is a tool designed to facilitate the use of the online UAS civil COA Web site for individuals and organizations seeking to adhere to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Public Law 112- 95 FEB. 14, 2012, Section 333. This guide will enable proponents to apply UAS Civil COA submission(s) effectively by use of the Web site. The Guide provides instructions for how to log on and log off the system, quickly self- evaluate planned submittal activities, and filing of UAS civil COA applications to the FAA. Information on how to update and self-administer proponent information in your online account is also contained in this document.
UAS Civil COA External User Guide

Navigating the UAS Civil COA Site
UAS Civil COA Home Page
Note: COA Processing The FAA requires a reasonable amount of time to process a COA. Whenever possible, all efforts are made to handle COA requests expeditiously. The FAA will endeavor to process civil COA applications within fifteen (15) business days (excludes federal holidays and weekends). Please note that the timeframe for processing a civil COA application can be impacted by the type of operation that is requested.
UAS Civil COA Portal Page
Each time you login to https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/uas , the UAS civil COA Portal page appears. The UAS civil COA Portal page shows one clear and concise layout that makes it easy for you to operate within your account.
The navigational Sidebar is located on the left side of all screens within your efiling account. The Sidebar provides links to help you go directly to frequently used system functions
1. UAS civil COA links help you file and manage your cases.
2. UAS civil COA account links help you manage updates to your profile.

UAS Civil COA Navigation links:
Home – Clicking this link will bring you to the UAS civil COA home web portal.
Portal Page – Clicking this link will bring you back to your UAS civil COA portal page.
My Proponents – Clicking this link will open the UAS civil COA application screen.
Submit a new COA – Clicking this link will open the UAS civil COA application screen
My COAs – Clicking the My COAs link takes you to a page that lists UAS civil COA application cases filed using your account.
UAS Civil COA Reporting – Clicking this link will bring you to a page that lists UAS Civil COA Reports.
Logout – Click the Logout link to log out of the UAS civil COA System.
UAS Section 333 FAQs – Frequently asked questions about the Section333 process.
UAS Civil COA FAQs – Frequently asked questions about the UAS Civil COA process.
Proponent
The applier of an application for a UAS civil COA using the online UAS civil COA system.
Add New Proponent
Before filing a UAS civil COA application, you must have a minimum of one proponent. As a first time user, you’re required to enter a proponent before you can submit a new civil COA application case. This is only required for your first account filing, and is optional thereafter. Example: In case a third party is filing on behave of different proponents.
Instructions:
Select the “Add/Update Proponent Information” link on your portal page to add or update a proponent.
Add Proponent:
1. Enter your name in the “Contact Name” field 2. Enter your company name in the “Company Name” field 3. Enter your street address in the Street Address 1 field 4. Enter your street address in the Street Address 2 field if applicable 5. Enter your city in the “City” field 6. Enter your state in the “State” field 7. Enter your zip code in the “Zip Code” field 8. Enter your phone number in the “Phone Number” field 9. Enter your email in the “Email” field
Update Proponent: To update information for an existing proponent, select the contact name from the “Select an existing Proponent” dropdown. When the proponent data is displayed, all proponent information can be changed. After making the desired updates, valid changes are ready for submission. Select the [Submit] button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Proponent Information
Select an existing Proponent: [dropdown]
Or create a new Proponent by filling out the form below.
Contact Name – Enter the “Contact Name” of the proponent.
Company Name – Enter the “Company Name” of the proponent.
Street Address 1 – Enter the “Street Address” of the proponent.
Street Address 2 – Enter the “Street Address” of the proponent.
City – Enter the “City” of the proponent.
State [dropdown] – Enter the “State” of the proponent.
Zip Code – Enter the “Zip Code” of the proponent.
Phone Number – Enter the “Phone Number” of the proponent.
Email Address – Enter the “Email Address” of the proponent.
Not Ready -You must populate all required fields in order to submit this form. Go to first required field.
Valid – This form is ready for submission.
Submit – This button saves proponent information data.

My COAs
My COAs
COA Number – Number assigned to each efiled UAS civil COA request. When a draft request is saved, the case number link opens the draft for editing. When submitted to the FAA, the case number link opens a read-only version of the submitted UAS civil COA request.
Date Created – Date a UAS civil COA application request was created.
Date Submitted – Date a UAS civil COA application request was submitted to the FAA.
Exemption Number – A numeric number unique to a determined FAA petition for exemption under Section 333 (example: YYYY-FAA-####).
Docket Number – An alphanumeric number unique to a requested FAA petition for exemption under Section 333 (example: YYYY-FAA-####).
Proponent Name – The applier of an application for a UAS civil COA.
Status – Current status of an application request.
Phase – Current Phase of an application request.
Approved Date – Date a UAS civil COA application request was approved by the FAA.
Disapproved Date – Date a UAS civil COA application request was disapproved by the FAA.
UAS Civil COA eFiling
The primary purpose of the UAS Civil COA efiling System is to allow users to submit efile COA application information to the FAA as a case for review. This section describes the main UAS Civil COA efiling system functionalities related to filing civil COA application request cases.
UAS Civil COA Case Functionality
The UAS civil COA Portal Page provides quick links to some of the most frequently used functionalities for the UAS civil COA site such as UAS Civil COA efiling. You can also access these functionalities from the Navigation Sidebar.
UAS Civil COA eFiling
To apply for a UAS civil COA, login to your account. On your UAS civil COA Portal Page, under the UAS eFiling header, select the blue “Submit a New UAS Civil COA” link. This will bring up the on-line UAS Civil COA request application.
Create a New UAS Civil COA Application
From the UAS civil COA Portal page, you can access the UAS civil COA request application screen by clicking the Submit a New UAS Civil COA link located beneath the UAS eFiling header; or the Submit a New UAS Civil COA link located on the Navigation Sidebar. Complete each section according to the instructions below.
Important: You must complete all required fields (indicated by a red outline of the field) to successfully save your UAS civil COA application. Missing data will result in a “Not Ready” indication message at the bottom of the UAS civil COA application screen. When fields are correctly filled in, the field outline is no longer displayed in red. When all required fields are completed, a green “Ready” indication message is displayed at the bottom of the UAS civil COA request application screen.
Saving an application does not submit the UAS Civil COA request to FAA.
FAA UAS Civil COA Request
FAA UAS Civil COA Request fields
Date – Date UAS civil COA request application was created.
Docket # – An alphanumeric number unique to a requested FAA petition for exemption under Section 333 (example: YYYY-FAA-####).
Exemption # – A numeric number unique to a determined FAA petition for exemption under Section 333 (example: YYYY-FAA-####).
Proponent Information Proponent Name [dropdown] – Select an existing or add/update a proponent.
Declarations The applicant acknowledges that: Whoever in any matter willfully falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact, or who makes any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations, or entry may be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in 18 USC § 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years or both (as defined in 18 USC § 1001, 3571).
Yes No 
Any information that is uploaded to this website is bound by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and may be releasable. This requires compliance to FOIA and consent to the release of your information. If you do not consent to the release of your information you must contact us for further guidance. For more information, please visit http://www.foia.gov .
Yes No
Aircraft System
Aircraft Type – Enter the aircraft type, make and model.
Aircraft Registration – Enter the unmanned aircraft (UA) registration number (as contained in 14 CFR part 47, Aircraft Registration).
Performance Characteristics
Climb Rate (Feet/Minute) – Enter the “Climb Rate” in feet per minute.
Descent Rate (Feet/Minute) – Enter the “Decent Rate” in feet per minute.
Turn Rate (Degrees/Second) – Enter the “Turn Rate” in degrees/seconds.
Approach Speed – Enter the speed (knots) when the aircraft is on approach for landing.
Cruise Speed – Enter maximum and minimum level flight speeds (knots).
Gross TakeOff Weight – Enter the maximum weight the aircraft can weigh and still take off.
Launch/Recovery [Free text] – How does the aircraft take-off (hand-launched, catapult launched, needs a runway, can use any flat surface, etc.). How does the aircraft land (returns to departure point and floats down, caught by net, needs runway, hard surface, etc.).
Operational Information
Location
Latitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 25-47-4.75 N).
Longitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 80-19-7.26 W).
Horizontal Datum – Select either NAD83 or NAD27. North American Datum is a reference from which latitude/longitude measurements are derived.
Altitude – Enter the altitude at which the UAS will operate (example: at or below 400ft AGL.).
Distance from nearest Town/City – Enter the distance from the nearest town/city.
Description of Operation [Free text] – Briefly describe the type of operation to be conducted (agriculture, pipeline, movie making, etc.).
Operations Area (Attach VFR Chart with Coordinates) Class of Airspace [checkbox] – Check the applicable airspace the UAS will operate in.
A – Generally the airspace from 18,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) up to and including flight level (FL) 600, including the airspace overlying the waters within 12 nautical miles (NM) of the coast of the 48 contiguous states and Alaska.
B – Generally Airspace from the surface to 10,000 feet MSL surrounding the busiest airports.
C – Generally airspace from the surface to 4,000 feet above the airport elevation (charted in MSL) surrounding those airports that have an operational control tower, are serviced by a radar approach control, and have a certain number of IFR operations or passenger enplanements.
D – Generally airspace from the surface to 2,500 feet above the airport elevation (charted in MSL) surrounding those airports that have an operational control tower.
E – If the airspace is not Class A, B, C, or D, and is controlled airspace, then it is Class E airspace.
G – Uncontrolled airspace or Class G airspace is the portion of the airspace that has not been designated as Class A, B, C, D, or E. It is therefore designated uncontrolled airspace. Class G airspace extends from the surface to the base of the overlying Class E airspace.
Under Mode C Veil – Airspace within a 30 NM radius of a Class B airspace primary airport from the surface to 10,000 feet MSL excluding the Class B airspace itself.
G (With an operational ATC Tower)
Flight Conditions – Check the applicable flight conditions the UAS will operate under.
VFR – [checkbox] – If applicable, Chart with Coordinates must be uploaded.
IFR – [checkbox] – If applicable, Chart with Coordinates must be uploaded.
Air Traffic Communication
VHF – If applicable to your UAS, indicate
Transmitter
Yes
No
Receiver
Yes
No
Guard (Emergency Frequency)
Yes
No
UHF
Transmitter
Yes
No
Receiver
Yes
No
Guard (Emergency Frequency)
Yes
No
Procedures
Lost Link (LL) Procedures
1. How long to activate LL procedure [Free text] – Time UAS is lost link before executing its lost link program.
2. LL Altitude – Altitude UAS will fly when lost link (i.e. the last programmed altitude, climb/descend to a specific attitude, etc.).
3. Lost Link route [Free text] – Describe what happens if UAS goes lost link (i.e. orbits/hovers for ## seconds then returns to launch point, proceeds direct to launch point, proceeds to a different Lost Link point, etc.).
4. Lost Link Point
Latitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 25-47-4.75 N).
Longitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 80-19-7.26 W).
Horizontal Datum – Select either NAD83 or NAD27. North American Datum is a reference from which latitude/longitude measurements are derived.
5. Flight Termination Point
Latitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 25-47-4.75 N).
Longitude – Must be precise geographic coordinates entered in Degrees, Minutes, and Seconds to the hundredth of a second (e.g. 80-19-7.26 W).
Horizontal Datum – Select either NAD83 or NAD27. North American Datum is a reference from which latitude/longitude measurements are derived.
Lost Communication Procedures
Between Pilot and Air Traffic Control [Free text] – Describe the alternative method of communications between the Pilot in Command (PIC) and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility, if primary communication is lost (i.e. contact via cell phone, landline, etc.).
Between Pilot and Observer [Free text] – Describe the alternative method of communications between the Pilot in Command (PIC) and the visual observer, if primary communication is lost (i.e. contact via cell phone, landline, etc.).
Observer The Observer communicates to the pilot any instructions required to remain clear of conflicting traffic.
Line of Sight of Observer – Will the UAS be operated within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the observer? If beyond line of sight, explain how contact is maintained (i.e. chase plane, daisy chain ground observers, satellite link).
Yes
Other – If the UAS is to be operated beyond VLOS, explain how contact is maintained.
Observer Location – Where will the visual observer be located in reference to the PIC?
Time Of Day – Indicate when the UAS activity is requested to take place.
Day
Night
Both
Transponder – Indicate if a transponder is to be used with the UAS.
Yes
No
N/A
Mode C
Not Ready – You must populate all required fields in order to submit this form.
Valid – The form is ready for submission.
Save Draft – This button saves draft application request data to the “My COAs” area of your account. Saving an application draft does not submit a UAS Civil COA request to the FAA. Drafts may be viewed from “My COAs”.
Submit to FAA – This button will save your data to the “My COAs” area of your account and submit your UAS Civil COA request to the FAA.
When contacting the FAA about your filing, please use the COA Number to identify your case (example 2016-CSA-2-E333).
Upload PDF/JPEG/TIFF File for IFR/VFR charts
You may upload one (1) PDF, JPEG or TIFF document per flight condition (VFR / IFR) selected in the Operations Area of your draft UAS civil COA request.
Constraints
1. Only PDF, JPEG or TIFF files may be uploaded to the system. 2. There is a 25MB file size limit
To upload a PDF, JPEG or TIFF file document from your computer, go to the “UAS Civil COA application” screen and select the desired Link.
The type of chart document is displayed based on your VFR/IFR selection; [Browse] your computer to find the file.
Example: Upload a PDF File – UAS Civil COA Chart Document Upload
Once the file for upload is located on the computer, [Open] it, then select the [Submit] button to continue.
Example: Choose a File to Upload – UAS Civil COA Chart Document
You’ll receive confirmation when the UAS Civil COA Chart document is successfully uploaded. Example:
An uploaded Chart document is visible within your registered e-file account from links (as applicable) in the Flight Condition section.
UAS Civil COA Reporting
UAS Civil COA Reports Initial Accident Initial Incident Monthly Operational
Data Reporting Operators are strongly encouraged to provide documentation of all operations associated with UAS activities regardless of the airspace in which the UAS operates. This information will only be used for the development of civil standards and not released without prior consent of the owner.
Operators are strongly encouraged to submit i UAS Civil COA information through the UAS Civil COA Portal on a monthly basis of all operations associated with UAS activities regardless of the airspace in which the UAS operates. NOTE: Negative (zero flights) reports are requested.
Incident/Accident/Mishap Reporting Operators are strongly encouraged after an incident or accident to provide initial notification of the following to the FAA Air Traffic Control Facility with jurisdiction over the airspace where the accident occurred and within 10 days via the UAS Civil COA Portal (Incident/Accident).
Initial Accident 
Approved status civil COAs and civil COAs that expire or are cancelled plus 60 business days after the expiration or cancellation date can be submitted to FAA-ATO-HQ.
Based on COA number, the system auto-populates UAS civil COA data into COA safety reports. A button is located next to the COA number field of each report type. With a COA number in the field, then clicking the button, the system will validate the COA Number and if valid – auto populates specific data from the entered COA number into the applicable safety report. Below are the data fields that can be populated with this feature:
• Incident and Accident reports:
– COA Number
– Proponent (company name)
– Aircraft
– Contact
• Monthly Operational reports:
– COA Number
– Proponent (company name)
– Aircraft
The system-populated data shown above is editable.
Safety reports cannot be submitted with “Other” or Unspecified” used in the Type Aircraft field. The “System Information”, “Type Aircraft” field requires aircraft make/model /series.

Frequently Asked Questions
This section gives answers to some frequently asked questions about the UAS Civil COA process:
Q1. How do I get a civil COA account?
A. Register at the UAS civil COA web site home page; the process including username and password creation is self-accomplished by site users.
Q2. Is there a fee for obtaining a UAS civil COA?
A. NO. There are no fees associated with the COA application process.
Q3. How do I recover my Username?
A. If you forget your username, select the Forgot My Username link. Enter your email address and last name and then select the Submit button. The system will send you an email with your username so you can regain access to the system.
Q4. How do I recover my Password?
A. If you forget your password, select the Forgot My Password link. Enter your username and last name and then select the Submit button. The system will send you an email with password reset instructions so you can create a new password and regain access to the system.
Q5. If I submit a COA is that the same as submitting for a petition for exemption?
A. The COA application process is separate from the petition for exemption process.
Q6. What actions do I need to accomplish before applying for a civil COA?
A. Registered your UAS with the FAA, submit a petition for exemption under Section 333 with the FAA and be able to provide the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval letter for your UAS or be able to show compliance with FCC requirements.
Q7. Can I apply for a civil COA without an exemption number associated with my petition for exemption?
A. If your exemption number is still in progress, you must include the Federal Registry docket number associated with your petition for exemption in the appropriate field. Without it you will be unable to process a civil COA application.
Q8. Can I apply for a civil COA without the docket number associated with my petition for exemption?
A. No. Your COA application must include the Federal Registry docket number associated with your petition for exemption. Without it you will be unable to process a civil COA application.
Q9. I don’t know my Docket number; can I use something else like TBD?
A. A valid Docket number is required. TBD is not acceptable; you can’t proceed with the application until a Docket number is available.
Q10. Does it matter if the name/company name for my COA application is different from the name/company name submitted with my petition for exemption?
A. Both the COA application and the petition for exemption should be submitted under the same name/company name.
Q11. What is the impact if I disagree or don’t want to answer Yes to the civil COA FOIA declaration?
A. If you answer No to the civil COA FOIA declaration, you will be unable to apply for a civil COA. If you do not consent to the release of your information you must contact us for further guidance. For more information, please visit http://www.foia.gov .
Q12. If I select NO to either of the Civil COA Declarations can I still submit an application?
A. If No is selected you can’t proceed with the application.
Q13. I’m not sure what my UAS aircraft registration number is; can I apply for a civil COA without it?
A. No. The valid aircraft registration number of your UAS is required.
Q14. I don’t know my Aircraft Registration; can I use something else like TBD?
A. A valid Registration number is required. TBD is not acceptable; you can’t proceed with the application until a valid Aircraft Registration number is available.
Q15. What type of launch/recovery information is needed to submit a Civil COA application?
A. Describe in detail the launch and recovery of the aircraft. How does the aircraft take-off (hand-launched, catapult launched, needs a runway, can use any flat surface, etc.). How does the aircraft land (returns to departure point and floats down, caught by net, needs runway, hard surface, etc.).
Q16. What information do I need to provide in a Civil COA application concerning how plan to use my UAS?
A. Briefly describe the type of operation to be conducted (agriculture, pipeline, movie making, etc.).
Q17. What class of airspace can I submit to use in a Civil COA application?
A. C, D, E, and G.
Q18. Can I attach documents in a Civil COA application?
A. Yes, you can attach VFR charts with coordinates.
Q19. I just submitted a civil COA application for my UAS; how can I get my submittal expedited to receive my certificate of authorization?
A. The FAA requires a reasonable amount of time to process a COA. Whenever possible, all efforts are made to handle COA requests expeditiously. The FAA will endeavor to process civil COA applications within fifteen (15) business days (excludes federal holidays and weekends). Please note that the timeframe for processing a civil COA application can be impacted by the type of operation that is requested.
Q20. Why do I need a Civil COA?
A. To ensure an equivalent level of UAS safety to manned aircraft operations. Usually, this entails several safety mitigations.
Q21. Why do I need to use this site?
A. Your information will assist the FAA in determining whether to grant relief from its regulations for your UAS. It will assist the Secretary of Transportation with determining whether to grant your UAS relief from airworthiness certification requirements under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Public Law 112-95 FEB. 14, 2012, Section 333.
Q22. Who can file for a COA at https://ioeaaa.faa.gov?
A. For public operation – including national, state, and local government agencies, as well as public universities – the FAA issues a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) permitting public agencies and organizations to operate a particular UAS, for a specific purpose, in a designated area.
Q23. Is it true I need a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to fly a civil UAS?
A. Yes. Prior to commencing civil UAS operations, the operator will need to obtain a civil COA from the FAA.