The Drone and Model Aircraft Code

For flying drones, model aeroplanes, model gliders, model helicopters, and other unmanned aircraft systems outdoors in the Open A1 and A3 categories
The Drone and Model Aircraft Code published and last updated dates
From: The UK Civil Aviation Authority (opens in a new tab)
Published: October 2019
Last updated: December 2020

Getting a flyer ID before you fly (points 26 to 29)

What to do if you will fly a drone or model aircraft that requires you to have a flyer ID.
Requirements for children under the age of 13.

26. You must pass the CAA’s official online theory test to get a flyer ID

Children and adults must pass the test – there is no age limit.

For data protection reasons, children under 13 must be with a parent or guardian when they take the test and register.

You must pass the CAA’s official online theory test to get a flyer ID.

27. Children under 12 must be supervised when they fly a drone or model aircraft

The person that supervises them must be aged 16 or over and have their own valid flyer ID.

The supervisor must be aged 16 plus and have a flyer ID. A child under 12 must have their own flyer ID.

Exceptions for C0 class toys and privately-built aircraft below 250g

Children under 12 do not need to be supervised when flying either:

  • a toy drone or model aircraft that is marked as C0 class
  • a privately-built drone or model aircraft below 250g

28. You must pass the theory test every five years

Your flyer ID will last for five years.

If you took your last test under the previous regulations, that flyer ID will last for three years. You can check when your ID expires in the My registration area.

29. Always fly safely and legally

Following the points in this Code will help you to do this.