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Please note as of October 30, 2017, COA Online will no longer accept new COA applications; instead please visit the FAA's new system COA Application Processing System (CAPS) For new CAPS users, select the "Register here" button and follow the instructions to create a new CAPS account. Please download any draft or released COA requests and approved or archived 7711 forms by November 14, 2017, the COA Online servers will be going down on November 15. Once the servers go down, please note the following:
  • Any COA archived prior to October 30, 2015, will not be available in CAPS and will be archived according to the Record Retention Policy (Schedule No. DAA-0237-2016-0019).
  • Any COA archived or active after October 30, 2015 will not be available in CAPS, but is available by request to the CAPS Helpdesk, once you have gained access to the CAPS system.
  • For immediate access to the approved and archived COAs in your COA Online account, it is best to download prior to October 30, 2017.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CAPS Helpdesk at
Getting Started -UAS Civil COA Desk Reference Guide

Petitioning for Exemption under Section 333 and UAS COA

After receiving an exemption under Section 333 , petitioners should apply for a civil Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA). The COA process makes applicable FAA Air Traffic Control facilities aware of proposed UAS operations, and provides the FAA the ability to consider airspace issues unique to UAS operations.


  • 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 sixty (60) 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.
  • The COA application process is separate from the petition for exemption process.
  • The Federal Registry Docket number is not an exemption number granted to a petitioner.
  • Both the COA application and the petition for exemption should be submitted under the same name/company name.
  • Questions about the Section 333 process should be directed to