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Flight instructors need to renew their CFI certificates every 24 months. One of the ways to do that is by completing a FIRC. In the past, you had to take your completed FIRC to the local FSDO and have an inspector approve it.

Lately, I've heard rumors that FSDOs are so overworked that they're not doing CFI renewals any more, and are sending them to DPEs instead.

Is this rumor true? Can I take a completed FIRC to a DPE in June 2019 and re-up my certificate?

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    $\begingroup$ I did the on-line eFIRC with ASI, and at the end they handled all of the renewal paperwork. No visit to a FSDO or DPE required. Path of least resistance. $\endgroup$ – MikeY Jun 8 '19 at 20:10
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Yes they can

I asked a DPE to renew mine a couple days ago and they did. Sometimes asking nicely is the best way to learn.

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