Release Date: June 29, 2021
If you have a small drone that is less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the Part 107 guidelines.
To fly under Part 107 rules, there are 3 main steps:
Step 1: Learn the Rules
- Make sure you understand what is and is not allowed under Part 107 rules:
- If you are not sure if Part 107 rules work for you and your intended operation check our user identification tool.
- Some operations are not covered by Part 107 and will require a waiver. Here are some common examples of Part 107 sections that are subject to waiver:
- 107.25* Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft
- 107.29 Operation at Night
- 107.31* Visual line of sight aircraft operation
- 107.33 Visual observer
- 107.35 Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems
- 107.37(a) Yielding the right of way
- 107.39 Operation over human beings
- 107.41 Operation in certain airspace
- 107.51 Operating limitations for small unmanned aircraft
- 107.145 Operations Over Moving Vehicles
Learn more about Part 107 Waivers.
*The FAA will not waive this section to allow the carriage of property of another by aircraft for compensation or hire.
- Drone operators should avoid flying near airports because it is difficult for manned aircraft to see and avoid a drone while flying. Remember that drone operators must avoid manned aircraft and are responsible for any safety hazard their drone creates in an airport environment.
Step 2: Become an FAA-Certified Drone Pilot by Passing the Knowledge Test
- To be eligible to get your Remote Pilot Certificate, you must be:
- At least 16 years old
- Able to read, write, speak, and understand English
- Be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a UAS
- Study for the Knowledge Test:
- Knowledge Test Suggested Study Materials provided by the FAA.
- Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN):
- Create an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for the knowledge test.
- Schedule an appointment:
- Take the Knowledge Test at an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center.
- Complete FAA Form 8710-13:
- Once you’ve passed your test, for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) login the FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA)* to complete FAA form 8710-13.
- Review the full process to get your Remote Pilot Certificate.
Step 3: Register your Drone with the FAA
- Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years. You’ll need a credit or debit card and the make and model of your drone handy in order to register. Learn more about registering your drone:
- Create an account and register your drone at dronezone.faa.gov. Select “Fly sUAS under Part 107.”
- Once you’ve registered, mark your drone (PDF) with your registration number in case it gets lost or stolen.
- Always be sure to fly your drone safely and within FAA guidelines and regulations.
- It is up to you as a drone pilot to know the Rules of the Sky, and where it is and is not safe to fly.