You know, because the federal government needs to sign off on everything, especially magical reindeer-propelled sleigh rides.

From the Department of Transportation:

FAA isn’t limiting itself to Santa One flight clearance. www.faa.gov/santa also features a set of special gifts for everyone in the form of Santa and aviation-related fun facts that will occupy you and your kids while you patiently count down the days, hours, and minutes until Santa One takes off.

And what could be better than a cleared flight for Santa One? One that is safer, quieter, and more fuel-efficient than ever thanks to NextGen technology.

NextGen allows Santa to deliver those presents with improved safety, accuracy and reliability to children who are good for goodness’ sake. The FAA is hard at work simplifying air routes around our nation’s busy areas through Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), enabling Santa to fly Santa One using radar or satellite coverage. It allows Team Santa to fly shorter, more direct routes, which reduces flight time and carrot consumption by Rudolph and the other reindeer.

This year, you can even watch Santa’s journey in HD: