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 get a flyer ID at the same time

You must be at least 18 years old to get an operator ID.

You can use the same operator ID for all your drones and model aircraft.

Warning An operator ID does not give you authorisation to fly. Warning If you want to fly, you must also have a flyer ID.

If you are looking to get an operator ID for an organisation that is responsible for drones or model aircraft, please register as an organisation.


Registration for an operator ID costs £9 and is valid for 1 year.

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

Before you start

You'll need:

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

If you already have a flyer ID, you’ll need to add your operator ID in the My registration area.

Help with this service

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