• Drone and model aircraft registration and education service

    Go-live date: 1 October 2019

    Registration mandatory from: 30 November 2019

    About the new regulations

    The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg that are used outdoors.

    There are three main requirements. 

    You must:

    • pass an online test to get a flyer ID if you want to fly a drone or model aircraft
    • register for an operator ID if you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft
    • label any drones and model aircraft you’re responsible for with your operator ID.

    Why we’re using the term drones and model aircraft

    Users of the new registration service range from experts to newcomers of all ages. In research, we found that using the description drones and model aircraft reflects the terms naturally used by the service’s users.

    Who must register

    As there are no exemptions, everyone must register, including:

    • members of model flying associations
    • operators and flyers who have obtained a permission from the CAA
    • operators and flyers who have registered for any other services. 

    Flyer ID

    Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test on flying safely and legally. 

    The test has 20 multiple choice questions and the pass mark is 16. You can take the test as many times as you need.

    All of the knowledge needed to pass the test is in a new Drone and Model Aircraft Code.

    When you pass the test, you’ll get a flyer ID, which acts as your acknowledgement of competency as a remote pilot from the CAA.

    Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present
    Registration period: 3 years
    Fee: Free

    Operator ID

    Anyone responsible for a drone or model aircraft must register as an operator. 

    When you register, you’ll get an operator ID with your certificate of registration. You must display your operator ID on your drones and model aircraft. You can use the same operator ID for all your drones and model aircraft.

    You must be aged 18 or over to be an operator.

    Minimum age: 18
    Registration period: 1 year
    Fee: Currently under consultation

    Online and offline service

    People will be able to register and take the test online at the new service. There will be a link to the new service from caa.co.uk

    An offline service will be available for people unable to register online.

    Using a drone or model aircraft abroad

    UK registration is not valid outside the UK. 

    People will need to check with the relevant authority in their destination country for details of local requirements for flying drones and model aircraft.