CAA Drone Registration Education, Training Resources & Labeling

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Types of Drone Registration 

There are 2 types of registration available with the Civil Aviation Authority. One is for registering yourself and the other is to register as an organisation. The process will be easy for you however, there are some things you need to know in order to be properly registered.

How to Register Yourself as a Drone Owner and Flyer

You must have two registrations in place before you fly a drone or model aircraft that’s 250g to 20kg. One registration is for the operator or owner of the drone, the other is for you as a flyer. This way both the drone and the flyer are each registered.

  • Flyer ID

  • Operator ID

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. Your registration will be good for 1 year. After that you will need to return to the CAA website and update your registration. You will be required to pay the CAA fee of £9 annually.

When to Register as an Organisation

If an organisation is responsible for the drone, you will apply for an organisation registration.

Examples of organisations that may need to register include: businesses, clubs, schools, etc.

The person who registers must be authorised and accountable for the drones in the organisation.

How to Label the Drone

Your operator ID must be:

  • visible from the outside, or within a compartment that can easily be accessed without using a tool

  • clear and in block capitals taller than 3mm

  • secure and safe from damage

  • on the main body of the aircraft

Your label should is removable as your operator ID may change when you renew. You’ll also need to remove your label if you’re no longer responsible for the drone or model aircraft.

Always use your operator ID, not your flyer ID.