Why Does My Designee Have a New Number?

There may be some questions raised by ASA members when 8130-3 tags start showing up with unfamiliar (different) designee numbers.  Not to worry: The FAA is switching all FAA-designees over to their new DMS system and all designees are being given new, unique, nine-digit identification numbers known as “designee numbers.”

The DMS was announced in Order 8000.95,which is the FAA’s Order on Designee Management Policy.

DMS will collect, store and process data and information associated with designees and the designee management processes in accordance with FAA recordkeeping requirements. See Designee Management Policy, FAA Order 8000.95 (April 11, 2014).  Designees should note that there is an explicit disclaimer of privacy, so designees are surrendering any expectations of privacy that they may have with respect to information stored in this system.

Manufacturing DARs are first to go through this process and many of them have already received their new numbers.  The deadline for completing this process is ten days after the notification (which should have been received in June or early July), so if your manufacturing DAR is not yet registered properly in the DMS system, then please make sure he or she gets registered appropriately, ASAP; failure to renew through the DMS system could mean that the DAR loses his or her designee privileges!

The FAA intends for ALL manufacturing designees to be converted over to the DMS system by September.  To that end, all new manufacturing DAR and DMIR applications after May 7, 2014 are being processed through the DMS.

Maintenance DARs (those with Flight Standards credentials) are expected to be added to the system next year.

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About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

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