Massachusetts Drone Registration

FAA Drone Registration Type

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


Hobby & Recreation 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.

Drone Registration will be valid for a period of three years.

What is recreational use of a UAS?


Business & Commercial Drone Registration

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

Non-model aircraft will receive a unique Certificate of Aircraft Registration for each aircraft.

Drone Registration will be valid for a period of three years.

What is commercial use of a UAS?

Massachusetts Information

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state by land area, covering 10,555 square miles, but the 14th most populous and the 3rd most densely populated of the 50 states, with 6,745,000 people. It is the most populous of the six New England states and has the nation’s sixth highest GDP per capita. The state features three separate metropolitan areas: the Greater Boston area in the east, the Springfield metropolitan area in the west and Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan Statistical Area in the southeast. Approximately two-thirds of Massachusetts’ population currently lives in Greater Boston.

Massachusetts is a New England state known for its significant Colonial history. In Boston, its capital, the Freedom Trail is a walking route of sites related to the American Revolution. The city is home to the Museum of Fine Arts and other world-class institutions. Its Red Sox baseball team plays at Fenway Park, and the Public Garden is known for its swan boats.

Massachusetts Government Website Drone Search

Massachusetts Additional Drone Information:
We are currently not aware of special drone rules for the state of Massachusetts.

Economic and Jobs Impact:

In 2013, AUVSI released a study, finding that the UAS industry is poised to help create more than 100,000 jobs and have more than $82 billion in economic impact in the first decade after integration.

The UAS industry in Massachusetts is expected to add 2,933 jobs and over $2.32 billion in economic impact.

Massachusetts has 57 of the first 3,136 commercial UAS exemptions, supporting applications such as construction, real estate, agriculture and infrastructure inspections.

Relevant News and Information:

UPS Open Ocean Drone Delivery Test a Success – USAToday, Sept. 23, 2016

Massachusetts State Police Using Drones to Help Reconstruct Crashes – Dec 2, 2016

Mass, Vt. Eye Drone Help on Roads, Valley News, March 27, 2016

Massachusetts hopes drone industry takes flight here, Boston Globe, March 8, 2016

Here are 10 Boston-Area Drone Companies to Watch, Bost Inno, October 21, 2015

In Massachusetts., 22 companies received permits to fly drones, Boston Globe, October 9, 2015


Massachusetts Drone News

The FAA asks you to remember these rules when you fly:
• Always fly below 400 feet altitude.
• Always keep your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times.
• Never fly near manned aircraft, especially near airports.
• Never fly within 5 miles of an airport.
• Never fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
• Never fly near emergency response efforts.
• Never fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Always be aware of FAA airspace  Temporary Flight Restrictions.