UK Drone Licence and Registration

Drone Licence

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Drone Licence Guide

Find out what you need to become a drone pilot with the heliguy™ drone licence calculator.

Do you need a licence to fly a drone?

Not every drone pilot needs a drone licence. Under new UK drone laws, this now depends on the drone you have and where you plan to fly it.

A drone licence can be applicable for both commercial and recreational pilots. However, there are cases where a licence is not required, for instance, if you are flying far away from people.

Use our drone calculator below to find out whether you need a drone licence and, if so, which licence is best suited to your DJI drone.

Drone Training & Pilot Registration

A drone licence is different to drone pilot registration. The majority of drone pilots will need to register with the CAA, regardless of whether or not they have/need a drone licence.

Drone training and CAA registration requirements change depending on:

Drone licence considerations

  • Weight/class of drone
  • Class rating of drone
  • Where you plan to fly

Drone registration considerations

  • Weight/class rating of drone
  • Does the drone have a camera?
  • Is it a toy?

Drone Training Calculator CAA Drone Pilot Registration

Choose your drone

Click a drone below to show the available training and licence options.

DJI Mavic 3

DJI Matrice 300 RTK

DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced


DJI Mini 2


DJI Air 2S

Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI Spark

DJI Inspire 2

DJI Matrice 200 V2

DJI Matrice 600 Pro

No Drone Licence

Open Category A3 - fly far from people

  • If you do not have a drone licence, you can still fly this drone, but you must operate far from people.
  • The rules state that there must be no uninvolved people present within the area of flight, and no flight within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.
  • You can operate commercially or recreationally.

Drone Registration

Register to fly with the CAA (UK Civil Aviation Authority).

Drone Pilot Registration

The majority of drone pilots will need to register with the CAA (UK Civil Aviation Authority) and get an operator ID and/or flyer ID.

Operator ID

If you’re responsible for a drone or model aircraft, you are required to register as a drone operator to get an operator ID. This costs £9.

Flyer ID

If your drone weighs over 250g, the drone pilot must register and get a flyer ID. There is a 40 question multiple choice exam. This is completely free.

Registration Exemptions

You do not need to register if your drone is a toy below 250g, or your drone is below 250g and does not have a camera.

Drone Licence FAQs

Frequently asked questions about drone licensing and training.

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