As of January 13th, 2020, prior to taking the Unmanned Aircraft General Knowledge Exam, all applicants must establish an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) within IACRA. The FAA implemented this change so that they can “better track an airman consistently through their entire certification process and collect better data to support risk-based decision-making.”
IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process. IACRA helps ensure applicants meet regulatory and policy requirements through the use of extensive data validation. It also uses electronic signatures to protect the information’s integrity, eliminates paper forms, and prints temporary certificates.
The IACRA User Guide is HERE.