Drone Laws and Regulations in America

Find out whether you are allowed to fly your drone in America and what

rules apply or whether it is prohibited in general. We do not assume any liability.

 

If you find outdated or wrong information or if you want to submit the drone regulations for countries that are currently not listed, feel free to contact us here.

Is private drone flying allowed in America?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A registration is required (if weight is 0.25 - 25kg / 0.55lbg - 55lbs)

RECREATIONAL DRONE PILOTS (HOBBYISTS)

COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOTS (PROFESSIONALS)

Is commercial drone flying allowed in America?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A special permission is required (remote pilot airman certificate).

Maximum Height

121m / 400ft

121m / 400ft

Maximum Height

Maximum Distance

The drone needs to remain in sight always (line-of-sight)

The drone needs to remain in sight always (line-of-sight)

Maximum Distance

Labelling Requirements

FAA registration number needs to be visible (you can either engrave it,

install a permanent fireproof label or use a permanent marker)

FAA registration number needs to be visible (you can either engrave it,

install a permanent fireproof label or use a permanent marker)

Labelling Requirements

< 25kg / 55lbs without special permission

> 25kg / 55lbs special permission required

Maximum Take-Off Weight

Maximum Take-Off Weight

< 25kg / 55lbs without special permission

> 25kg / 55lbs special permission required

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Day Times

Day Times

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Drone Liability Insurance

Not required, but highly recommended

Not required, but highly recommended

Drone Liability Insurance

Competence Statement / License

Drone registration (5$ fee) required (if weight is 0.25 - 25kg / 0.55 - 55lbs);

the minimum age for the registration process is 13.

Find out how to get a license here;

the minimum age is 16, must past TSA vetting.

Competence Statement / License

Drone Ban Zones

State institutes

Federal authority constructions

Regional authority constructions

Airport control zones (CTR)

Crowds of people (not specified)

Hospitals

Operation sites of police, military, search- and rescue forces

You must always yield right of way to manned aircraft!

FOR DJI DRONES ONLY!

Please note that there are several constant and temporary drone ban zones (known as no-fly-zones) that either won't let your drone take-off at all or that will ask for a permission of yours.

Please click at both graphics to spot all blocked / restricted areas near your desired flying location.

Additional links and important email addresses

Check out more drone laws and regulations.

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