Recreation Users

Required Certifications

If you’re just planning to fly your drone / UAV recreationally, then no you don’t need a pilot’s license or other certifications. A Part 107, the Section 333 exemption or any other kind of UAV certification are only required for commercial operation of your drone / UAV. You’ll just need to abide by standard safety guidelines as regulated per the FAA.

A few of those guidelines include:

  • Flying daylight hours only

  • Flying under 400 feet

  • Flying via line-of-sight only

  • Not flying in National Parks

  • Not flying directly over people

  • Not flying within airport limits

  • …and more

Required Registration

Effective December 21, 2015, if you’re flying a drone that weighs over .55 lbs / 250g, you must register it with the FAA before you fly it outdoors! Even if you are just flying for recreation your drone / UAV must be registered with the FAA. There is a $5.00 registration fee per drone / UAV. Click here for more FAA information and use this button to register your drone with the FAA.

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Register My Drone with the FAA

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