1. Flying drones and model aircraft
  2. Register as an operator

Register as an operator

Use this service when:

  • you want to apply for an operator ID because you own or are responsible for a drone or model aircraft
  • you do not want to apply for a flyer ID at this moment in time
  • you're over 18

Being responsible for drones

The person that owns or is responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register to get an operator ID. You must be 18 years old to get an operator ID.

Some examples of situations where you may need to register for an operator ID but not a flyer ID include:

  • you're the adult responsible for an under 18 who owns a drone or model aircraft
  • you're responsible for a drone that someone else will fly
  • you already have a flyer ID, or an exemption, and you only need an operator ID at the moment


Registration costs £9 and is valid for 1 year.

What you'll need:

  • a debit or credit card
  • an email address that you'll be able to check during your application

Help with this service

Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Team
Telephone: 0330 022 9930
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm