Children and parent guidance

This guidance is designed to help children and their parents or guardians get the IDs they need.

It assumes that the drone or model aircraft being used by the child requires a flyer ID and operator ID. If you're not sure, check the registration requirements for drones and model aircraft.

If you want to know more about flyer IDs and operator IDs, read the overiew.

Children under 13

Going flying

Children under 13 must have a flyer ID.

When out flying, children under 12 must be supervised by someone aged 16 or over who has a flyer ID. This means you’ll need a flyer ID too if you’ll be the person that supervises them.

Children aged 12 and over can go flying without being supervised.

For data protection reasons, children under 13 must have their parent or guardian with them when they take the test to get a flyer ID.

Taking the flyer ID test

Children under 13 must have their parent or guardian with them when they register and take the test to get a flyer ID.

Operator ID

They cannot register for an operator ID until they’re 18. If your child owns a drone or model aircraft that requires an operator ID, this means you must get an operator ID.

Children under 13 must have a flyer ID. If they’re under 12, they must only fly when supervised by someone aged 16 or over.

Step-by-step

  1. Read the Drone and Model Aircraft Code with your child so you both know the rules.
    Everything you need to know to pass the test is in the Code.
  2. Choose which of you will take the test first:
  3. Once one of you is finished, sign in to the My registration area and follow the links to add the other.
  4. Remember, if your child owns a drone or model aircraft that requires an operator ID, you must get an operator ID. If you’re not sure, check the registration requirements for drones and model aircraft.

Young people aged 13 to 17

Going flying

Young people aged 13 to 17 must have a flyer ID.

They can go flying without being supervised.


Taking the flyer ID test

They can take the test on their own.

Operator ID

They cannot register for an operator ID until they’re 18. If your child owns a drone or model aircraft that requires an operator ID, this means you must get an operator ID.

Young people aged 13 to 17 must have a flyer ID, but can fly unsupervised.

Step-by-step for the young person

  1. Read the Drone and Model Aircraft Code so you know the rules.
  2. Take the test to get your flyer ID.

Step-by-step for the parent or guardian

  1. Register as an operator for your child’s drone or model aircraft.
  2. Label your drone or model aircraft with your operator ID.

Prices

Operator and flyer registration costs and validity
Registration Cost Valid for
Operator ID £9 1 year
Flyer ID £0 5 years