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CAA Drone Registration Service: A Step-by-Step Guide

A Guide to the 2019 CAA Drone Registration Scheme

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed the new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019.

With registration mandatory from 30 November 2019, drone operators will be able to register from the scheme’s launch date at register-drones.caa.co.uk.

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.

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

  • recreational drone pilots and hobbyists
  • 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.

Part 1: Flyer ID

Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test on flying safely and legally, unless you have a current CAA permission, exemption or operational authorisation for drone operations. Those exempt from the CAA test will still be required to register for their flyer ID.

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.

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When you pass the CAA 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

Part 2: Operator ID

Anyone responsible for a drone or model aircraft must register as an operator. You must be aged 18 or over to be 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.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Fee: £9

Online and Offline Service

People will be able to register and take the CAA test online at the new service at register-drones.caa.co.uk.

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


Visual Guide to UK Drone Registration

A Visual Guide to the CAA Drone Registration Scheme 2019

What does Drone Registration mean for Commercial Drone Pilots?

Anyone holding a current CAA permission, exemption or operational authorisation for drone operations e.g. the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) as required in ANO article 94(5) that has been issued to a named UAS operator by the CAA will be exempt from having to undertake the online education training and test. However, you will still need to complete the online registration for your flyer ID and operator ID.

To allow operators to demonstrate competence if challenged (for example by the police) the CAA will be issuing a formal exemption that can be used alongside existing permissions / achievements and any other relevant documents. This exemption will be in place until 30 June 2020, when new regulations are expected.

Members of ARPAS-UK, British Model Flying Association (BMFA), Scottish Aeromodellers’ Association (SAA), Large Model Association (LMA) and FPV UK will not need to register as an operator with the CAA system if they are a current member of these associations. With permission, the associations will collect the registration fee from members directly and supply their data to the CAA. This will take place initially by 31 January 2020 and an exemption from the need to register will be put in place by 30 November to cover association members until then.

The associations will issue further detailed guidance to their members in due course.

Please see the following websites for more details:


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