FAA Drone Registration System

Important: You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft (drone) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and do not register.

Recreational

I fly under the Exception for Recreational Flyers

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To fly under the exception for recreational flyers, you must:

  • Register and label your drone

  • Fly only for recreational purposes

  • Follow the safety guidelines of a community based organization

  • Keep your drone within the visual line of sight or use a visual observer

  • Give way and do not interfere with any manned aircraft

  • Get prior authorization before operating in controlled airspace

  • Fly at or below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace

  • Comply with all airspace restrictions

  • Pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test

Part 107

I fly under Part 107 or as a Public Aircraft

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If you have a drone that weighs less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the Part 107 guidelines.

To fly under Part 107 rules, there are 3 steps:

  1. Register and label your drone

  2. Learn the Part 107 rules

  3. Become an FAA-certified drone pilot by passing the Part 107 knowledge test and obtaining your Remote Pilot Certificate

To be eligible for Part 107 certification you must be:

  • At least 16 years old

  • Able to read, write, speak, and understand English

  • Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone

Do I really need to register my drone?

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You must register your drone with the FAA if:

  1. Your drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams)

  2. You are flying your drone in the United States of America

  3. You are flying your drone outside (indoor airspace is unregulated)

Use the online registration system to register drones that weigh under 55 pounds. Most drones designed for recreational use are well under 55 pounds.

More frequently asked questions…

  1. How do I register my drone with the FAA?
    Register your drone on the recreational drone registration or commercial (Part 107) drone registration page.

  2. I am traveling to the United States…do I need to register my drone?
    Yes, if it meets the weight requirements above and you plan to fly outdoors. In addition, make sure you understand Unmanned Aircraft in the National Parks and Washington, D.C. Flight Restrictions before flying your drone in any national park or around Washington, D.C.

  3. I crashed/lost my drone, do I need to register again with my new drone?
    It depends on the type of registration. For hobby drones, you can simply label your new drone with your unexpired FAA certificate number (ex: FA12345678) and you’re all set—no need to contact us with your new drone serial number. For commercial drones registered under Part 107, a new registration is required.

For answers to additional drone registration frequently asked questions, please visit B4YouFly.