Flying drones and model aircraft

Overview

You must have two registrations in place before you fly a drone or model aircraft that’s 250g to 20kg:

  • anyone who will fly must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID
  • the person that’s responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register to get an operator ID

You need to register to get a flyer ID and operator ID.

Warning It is against the law to fly without passing the test or registering.

Organisations that use drones or model aircraft

Organisations that are responsible for drones or model aircraft must register their organisation for an operator ID.

Drone and model aircraft rules and regulations

You must follow the rules and regulations for flying small unmanned aircraft. The Drone and Model Aircraft Code gives guidance on flying safely and legally.

Labelling your drone or model aircraft

If you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft, you must label it with your operator ID.

Flying other aircraft or flying indoors

You do not need to pass the test or register if your drone or model aircraft is less than 250g, or you’ll only fly indoors or in a securely netted area. You must still follow the rules and regulations when you fly.

There are different regulations for flying:

Using drones or model aircraft for commercial use

You must get permission to use a drone or model aircraft for commercial use (opens in a new window).