Drone Registration

Please select the type of FAA drone registration you require. If you will only operate your UAS for recreation & hobby, select the Recreational FAA Drone Registration. If you will charge for services or the use of the drone will be used in conjunction with for-profit business services you must select Commercial FAA Drone Registration.

FAA Drone Registration

Recreational FAA Drone Registration

This drone registration type is for those who fly model aircraft, drone, UAS solely for recreation, and not for commercial or other non-hobby purposes.

  • Registration will be valid for a period of three years.
  • You will receive a certification and registration number by email.
  • You must clearly display your registration number on your UAS.
  • You may use the same registration number for multiple aircraft. Each must be labeled separetely.
  • Download the 2017 sUAS Rules & Regulations Handbook.
Recreational FAA Drone Registration
The recreational use of sUAS, drone, or unmanned aircraft is the operation of an unmanned aircraft for personal interests and enjoyment.

For example, using a sUAS to take photographs for your own personal use would be considered recreational; using the same device to take photographs or videos for compensation or sale to another individual would be considered a commercial operation.

Aircraft Requirements:
Less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered
Operating Rules:
Class G airspace*
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
* All of these rules are subject to waiver
Register Drone

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Commercial FAA Drone Registration

This drone registration type is for those who fly UAS, drones for commercial, government or other non-hobby purposes.

  • Non-model aircraft will receive a unique Certificate of Aircraft Registration for each aircraft.
  • You will receive a certification and registration number by email.
  • You must clearly display your registration number on your UAS.
  • You must pass an aeronautical knowledge test.
  • Download the 2017 sUAS Rules & Regulations Handbook.
Commercial FAA Drone Registration
Any commercial use in connection with a business, including:

  • Selling photos or videos taken from a UAS
  • Using UAS to provide contract services, such as industrial equipment or factory inspection
  • Using UAS to provide professional services, such as security or telecommunications.

What are some examples of commercial uses of UAS?

  • Professional real estate or wedding photography
  • Professional cinema photography for a film or television production
  • Providing contract services for mapping or land surveys.

If you want to use UAS for a commercial purpose, you must hold a commercial registration and pass the Part 107 test. You may also apply for an 333 Exemption or Part 107 Waiver to operate outside of current regulations.

Pilot Requirements

Must be at least 16 years old
Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center+
Must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement.
For more information, read about Remote Pilot Certification.

Aircraft Requirements:
Less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered
Operating Rules:
Class G airspace*
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
* All of these rules are subject to waiver
Register Drone

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