New regulations for people who fly or are responsible for small unmanned aircraft, including drones and model aircraft, come into force on 30 November 2019. The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg.

There are three main requirements:

  • You’ll need to pass an online test if you want to fly outdoors. The test will be free and you’ll need to pass it every three years.
  • You’ll also need to register as an operator if you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft. You must be aged 18 or over to be an operator. There will be an annual fee, which will be confirmed before the regulations come into force.
  • All drones and model aircraft will need to be labelled with the operator’s unique ID number.

We are currently finalising the service. The deadline for registration is 30th November 2019 and although there has been a minor delay to the launch of the service, we expect it to go live shortly. We will update as soon as we can.

Please check back here for more updates.