1. Flying drones and model aircraft
  2. Registering to use a drone or model aircraft

Register as an operator

Use this service when:

  • you want to register 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.
If you want to fly, you must also have a flyer ID in most cases. You can check what you need in the registration requirements.

If you are an accountable manager for an organisation that is responsible for drones or model aircraft, please register as an organisation.


Registration for an operator ID costs £11.13 and is valid for 1 year.

Before you start

You'll need:

If you already have a flyer ID, you’ll need to get 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