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Piloting Requirements

NMSU requires all pilots of a UAS device to be a holder of a Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107), or to be under the direct observation of a Pilot who holds this certification. Please follow the guidance listed on this page to ensure compliance of this requirement.

  1. Please visit the FAA website for detailed instruction on obtaining this certification;
  2. NMSU ARP 16.75 outlines additional requirements to pilot a UAS for NMSU operations and are listed in the flow chart below.
  3. These requirements also apply for 3rd party vendor pilots.

Please refer to the following flow chart for step by step guidance for all remote pilots flying on behalf of NMSU:

UAS Pilot Steps NMSU

Check Eligibility
Apply for your FAA Tracking Number (FTN)

Study and Take Unmanned Aircraft
General – Small (UAG) Test

Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote
pilot certificate:


I. Login with username and password

II. Click on "Start New Application" and;
Application Type "Pilot",
2) Certifications
"Remote Pilot",
3) Other Path Information, 
4) Start Application

III. Follow application prompts

IV. When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID (Note: it may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA)

V. Sign the application electronically and submit for processing.


Notice Part 61 Certificate Holders will have a different process. If this applies to you notify UAS Coordinator for direction on your process.



Test Every 2 Years To Ensure Applicant Is 
Still Current On Laws and Regulations

No Cost


Notify EHS&RM of certification completion and send copy to Complete any required information requested by EHS&RM for insurance coverage.

Register and attend the NMSU UAS Pilot Orientation Course and complete the flight proficiency exam.

[For First Time]



Follow all guidelines on UAS Requirements page to ensure the UAS device is flight ready per NMSU ARP 16.75.