UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) DRONE KNOWLEDGE TEST
The Small UAS Rule (Part 107) specifies that all commercial remote pilots be certified by the FAA. Call PSI at 1-800-211-2754 to register for your Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) examination.
PSI is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to administer the Airman Knowledge test as an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA). PSI has a large network of authorized testing sites offering convenient locations for applicants throughout the United States.
The NEW Small UAS (Drone) Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules has been effective since August 29, 2016.
Testing for the UAS (Drone) examination is now taking place. Applicants may make a reservation to test by:
- Calling PSI at 1-800-211-2754
- Completing this form - PSI will contact you within 2 hours during PSI business hours.
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name, phone number, desired location, desired date, and desired time in your email. PSI will respond to your email within 2 hours to assist in the reservation (during PSI business hours). If your request cannot be completed for any time, PSI will contact you via phone to complete your request.
- Call your local site, subject to availablity you can walkin and test same day. Find your nearest test center
FAA Video regarding the Small Drone Rule:Watch a new video from the FAA regarding the Small Drone Rule.
Quick Reference Links:
- Becoming a UAS Pilot
- FAA Remote Pilot - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA-G-8082-22) (PDF)
- Federal Register Posting: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (June 28, 2016)
- Press Release - DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (June 21, 2016)
- FAA Website: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or Drones)
- UAS Privacy Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability
- Part 107 Course on FAA Safety Team Website
- FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application System (IACRA)
- Find a Test Center
Suggested Study Materials:
- Knowledge Test Instructions (PDF)
- Knowledge Test Study Guide (PDF)
- Knowledge Test Sample Questions (PDF)
- Airmen Certification Standards (PDF)
- Part 107 Advisory Circular (PDF)
- Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (PDF)
Requirements and Process for Becoming a Pilot:
Please review the following information obtained from faa.gov
Getting StartedThe rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly.
|Fly for Fun||Fly for Work|
|Pilot Requirements||No pilot requirements||Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate Must be 16 years old Must pass TSA vetting|
|Aircraft Requirements||Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.||Must be less than 55 lbs. Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online) Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation|
|Location Requirements||5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control||Class G airspace*|
|Operating Rules||Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight) UAS must be under 55 lbs. Must follow community-based safety guidelines Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport||Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)* Must fly under 400 feet* Must fly during the day* Must fly at or below 100 mph* Must yield right of way to manned aircraft* Must NOT fly over people* Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*|
|Example Applications||Educational or recreational flying only||Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services) Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)|
|Legal or Regulatory Basis||Public Law 112-95, Section 336 - Special Rule for Model Aircraft FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft||Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107|
Fly for FunYou don't need permission from the FAA to fly your UAS (aka drone) for fun or recreation, but you must always fly safely.
Before you fly outside you must:
- Register your UAS if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds
- Label your UAS with your registration number
- Read and understand all safety guidelines
- 13 years of age or older (if the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the small unmanned aircraft)
- A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident*
- Email address
- Credit or Debit card
- Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)
- Fly at or below 400 feet
- Keep your UAS within sight
- Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
- Never fly over groups of people
- Never fly over stadiums or sports events
- Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
- Never fly under the influence
- Be aware of airspace requirements
- Examples of UAS that do and do not require registration (PDF)
- Browse the geographic listing of sUAS registry enrollments and registrants (MS Excel)
- Review the UAS Registration FAQs to learn more about the program
- Read the Aircraft Registration Records System of Records Notice (PDF)
Fly for Work/BusinessALERT: The instructions on this webpage will be effective on August 29, 2016. For more information about the NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), please see:
- Summary of the Small UAS Rule (PDF)
- Advisory Circular - How to Use the Rule (PDF)
- Complete Text of the Small UAS Rule
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center+
- Must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)
+A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement.
- Less than 55 lbs.
- Must be registered
- Class G airspace*
- Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
- Must fly under 400 feet*
- Must fly during the day*
- Must fly at or below 100 mph*
- Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
- Must NOT fly over people*
- Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Frequently Asked Questions/Help
- Flying for Work or Business (non-recreational)
- Flying for Fun (recreational)
- Knowledge Testing/Remote Pilot Certification
- Permissions, Authorizations, Waivers, and Exemptions
- Accident and Incident Reporting
- What is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS)? The law defines an unmanned aircraft as "an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft" (Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8)) Also called drones, these unmanned aircraft do not have a human pilot onboard.UAS range from radio-controlled, fixed-wing aircraft to helicopters or rotorcraft models sometimes called quadcopters, and can be flown for fun or for work.
- Is a UAS the same as a model aircraft?
Congress defined a "model aircraft" as an unmanned aircraft that meets all of the following:
- Is capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere
- Is flown within visual line-of-sight of the person operating it
- Is flown for hobby or recreational purposes
- Who do I contact if my question isn't answered on the UAS website? We encourage you to first read all of the information on the website and browse our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions or concerns, you may contact the FAA's UAS Integration Office email@example.com or by calling 844-FLY-MY-UAS.
- When is the effective date of the Small UAS Rule? The Small UAS Rule will be in effect August 29, 2016.
Flying for Work or Business (non-recreational)
- How do I fly a UAS for work or business purposes?
There are three ways to fly a UAS for work, business, or non-recreational reasons:
- Following the requirements in the Part 107 rule
- Following the rules in your Section 333 grant of exemption
- Obtain an airworthiness certificate for the aircraft
- I am part of a Federal/State/local government office - how can I fly a UAS to support a specific mission e.g. search and rescue? You may either operate under the Part 107 rule, or you may apply for a publicCertificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for certain operations.
- Can news media fly a UAS to shoot stories or cover breaking news? Media companies may use a UAS, but must adhere to the requirements of the Part 107 rule. This includes not flying over non-participating people without a protective structure. Organizations may request a waiver to fly over people, and will need to provide sufficient mitigations to ensure public safety.
- What options do I have if my operation is not permitted under this rule? If you are operating an unmanned aircraft that weighs less than 55 pounds, generally, you may apply for a waiver to request special permission to conduct your operation. Generally, you must submit a waiver application that outlines how you intend to safely conduct your proposed operation, including any additional risk mitigation strategies you may use. An online portal will be available through www.faa.gov/uas for UAS operators to apply for waivers to applicable parts of the rule. Get more information in the FAQ section onPermissions, Authorizations, Waivers, and Exemptions.
Flying for Fun (recreational)
- What is the definition of recreational or hobby use of a UAS? Recreational or hobby UAS use is flying for enjoyment and not for work, business purposes, or for compensation of hire. In the FAA's Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, the FAA relied on the ordinary, dictionary definition of these terms. UAS use for hobby is a "pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation." UAS use for recreation is "refreshment of strength and sprits after work; a means of refreshment or division."
- Do I need permission from the FAA to fly a UAS for recreation or hobby? No, but your unmanned aircraft must be registered if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs. FAA guidance also says that UAS should always be flown a safe distance from populated areas and other aircraft. Visit our "Fly for Fun" webpage for safety rules and guidelines that apply to recreational UAS operations. If the aircraft is flown within five miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft must provide the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. Also, airspace regulations may be applicable to the area you are operating in, which may require approval from the FAA to operate in those areas. The B4UFLY app can assist you in determining what airspace restrictions may be in place.
- Does the new Small UAS Rule (part 107) apply to recreational UAS operations? Part 107 does not apply to UAS flown strictly for fun (hobby or recreational purposes) as long as these unmanned aircraft are flown in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336 of P.L. 112-95). Visit our "Fly for Fun" webpage for safety rules and guidelines that apply to recreational UAS operations. The small UAS rule codifies the provisions of section 336 in part 101 of the FAA's regulations, which will prohibit model aircraft from endangering the safety of the national airspace system.
- How do I know where it is OK to fly and where it is not OK to fly? The FAA has developed a smartphone app called B4UFLY to help recreational UAS operators know whether there are any restrictions or requirements where they want to fly.
- Can I fly a model aircraft or UAS over a stadium or sporting events for hobby or recreation? No. Federal law restricts UAS from flying at or below 3,000 AGL within a 3 nautical mile radius of any stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people during a Major League Baseball (MLB), regular or post-season National Football League (NFL), or NCAA Division I football game, or major motor speedway event. This temporary flight restriction applies to the entire U.S. domestic national airspace system, and takes effect starting one hour before the scheduled event time until one hour after the event concludes. The FAA spells out the details in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM.)
- Do I have to notify all airports within five miles of my proposed area of operations? Yes, you must contact any airports (including heliports and sea-based airports) and air traffic control towers within five miles of your proposed area of operations.
- Can an airport operator object to model aircraft flights near an airport? Yes, an airport operator can object to the proposed use of a model aircraft within five miles of an airport if the proposed activity would endanger the safety of the airspace. However, the airport operator cannot prohibit or prevent the model aircraft operator from operating within five miles of the airport. Flying over the objection of an airport operator may constitute a careless or reckless operation in violation of FAA regulations. Additionally, the UAS operator must comply with any applicable airspace requirements.
Knowledge Testing/Remote Pilot Certification
- I already have a pilot certificate issued under part 61. Do I need to obtain a remote pilot certificate to fly a UAS under the Small UAS Rule (Part 107)? Yes. All operations under the Part 107 rule require the UAS operator to have a remote pilot certificate, which he or she can obtain by taking an online training course. However, part 61 pilot certificate holders who have completed a flight review within the past 24 months may elect to take an online training course focusing on UAS-specific areas of knowledge instead of the knowledge test. All other members of the public must take and pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test to obtain a remote pilot certificate.
- When will the initial Knowledge Test at testing centers be available? Members of the public will be able to take the knowledge test at testing centers on August 29, 2016.
- When will the online training be available for current pilot certificate holders? Online training for current pilot certificate holders is currently available atwww.faasafety.gov.
- How can I find the closest Knowledge Testing Center to me? A list of Knowledge Testing Centers (PDF) is available.
- Where can I find study materials for the knowledge test? The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) and sample questions will be available at https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/training/
- How much does it cost to get a remote pilot certificate? We anticipate that a knowledge testing center will charge approximately $150 to people seeking to take the knowledge test.
- Will the FAA recognize any previous UAS training I've taken? No. Prior aviation-related training may be helpful to new applicants preparing for the knowledge test. However, there is no required practical training to fly under the Part 107 rule or to get a remote pilot certificate.
- Once I complete the Knowledge Test at one of the approved centers, what is the process for obtaining my pilot certificate from the FAA? After you have passed the Knowledge Test, you will then complete the FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (known as IACRA) to receive a remote pilot certificate. IACRA is a web-based certification/rating application that ensures you meet the requirements and electronically submits the application to the FAA's Airman Registry. Applications should be validated within 10 days. Applicants will then receive instructions for printing their temporary airman certificate, which is good for 120 days. The FAA will then mail you your permanent Remote Pilot Certificate within that 120 days.
- What happens if I fail the knowledge test? How soon can I retake the test? You may retake the test after 14 days.
- What do I need to bring with me to take the knowledge test?
All applicants must bring a valid and current form of identification that includes their photo, date of birth, signature, and physical residential address. Acceptable forms of identification include:
More information is available in the FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Matrix (PDF).
What to bring in order to take the knowledge test U.S. Citizen and Resident Aliens Non-U.S. Citizens
- Driver permit or license issued by a U.S. state or territory
- U.S. Government identification card
- U.S. Military identification card
- Alien residency card
- Passport AND
- Driver permit or license issued by a U.S. state or territory OR
- Identification card issued by any government entity
- How can I tell what class of airspace I'm in? Under the Small UAS Rule (part 107), operators must pass an aeronautical knowledge exam to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate. This exam will test prospective operators on how to use aeronautical charts to determine airspace classifications.For reference, aeronautical charts and a Chart User's Guide are also available on the FAA's website. These charts are the FAA's official source of airspace classifications.Additionally, the FAA's B4UFLY app, which is designed to help recreational UAS flyers know where it's safe to fly, shows users if they are in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, or E airspaces) in a given or planned location. If the app's status indicator is yellow ("Use Caution - Check Restrictions"), a user is in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace.
- How do I request permission from Air Traffic Control to operate in Class B, C, D, or E airspace? Is there a way to request permission electronically? You can request airspace permission through an online web portal on the FAA's UAS website. This online portal will be available on August 29, 2016.
- Can I contact my local air traffic control tower or facility directly to request airspace permission? No. All airspace permission requests must be made through the online portal.
- I'm an airport operator and have questions about recreational UAS flying near my airport. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Use of Model Aircraft near an Airport for more information.
- Will I still need a COA to fly under the Part 107 rule? If you already have a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), you can continue to fly under those COA requirements until it expires. This applies to Section 333 COAs, as well as public COAs issued to public entities, such as law enforcement agencies, state or local governments, or universities.If you don't already have a COA and you are not conducting a public aircraft operation, you probably don't need one now that Part 107 is out. Starting in August 2016, civil UAS operations flown under the new rules will not require the UAS operator to get a COA before flying in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace. Operators who want to fly in controlled (Class B, C, D, or E airspace(PDF)) will need air traffic permission - details about obtaining permission will be available online at www.faa.gov/uas on August 29, 2016.Please contact the FAA's Air Traffic Organization for more information.
Permissions, Authorizations, Waivers, and Exemptions
- Do I need a Section 333 exemption, or any other kind of special permission, to fly once the Part 107 rule becomes effective? Once you have obtained your remote pilot certificate, and registered your aircraft, you can fly in Class G airspace as long as you follow all the operating requirements in the small UAS Rule (Part 107).However, you will need special permission if you want to fly in any controlled airspace (PDF) (Classes B, C, D, or E), or if you want to deviate from any of the operational requirements contained in the Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including flying at night, or over people).
- What happens to my Section 333 exemption when the Part 107 rule becomes effective in August? Your Section 333 exemption remains valid until it expires. You may continue to fly following the conditions and limitations in your exemption. If your operation can be conducted under the requirements in the Part 107, you may elect to operate under Part 107. However, if you wish to operate under part 107, you must obtain a remote pilot certificate and follow all the operating rules of Part 107.
- Can my blanket Section 333 Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) transfer to my UAS operation under part 107? No. If you fly following the requirements of Part 107, you must comply with the operating provisions specified in part 107. Part 107 limits your altitude to 400 feet unless your unmanned aircraft is flying within 400 feet of a structure (in which case you may not fly higher than 400 feet above the top of that structure). Part 107 also limits your operation to Class G airspace unless you obtain FAA permission prior to the operation to fly in controlled airspace. The blanket COA issued with your Section 333 exemption is only valid if you continue flying using the conditions and limitations in your exemption.
- Am I better off flying under the Part 107 rule or my Section 333 exemption? It depends on what you want to do. UAS operators need to compare the conditions and limitations in their individual Section 333 exemption to the operating requirements in the Part 107 rule to determine which operating rules best address their needs.
- Can I use the new airmen certification to fulfill the pilot-in-command requirement of my Section 333 exemption?
No. You cannot "mix and match" the conditions and limitations in your Section 333 exemption with the Part 107 rule operating requirements. Section 333 exemption holders have two choices:
- Continue to fly using their Section 333 exemption, following the conditions and limitations in the exemption OR
- Get a remote pilot certificate and start flying under the Part 107 rule, following all operating rules and requirements.
- Is the new Small UAS Rule retroactively applied to 333 exemption holders?
No. Current Section 333 exemption holders have two choices:
- Continue to fly using their Section 333 exemption, following the conditions and limitations in the exemption OR
- Get a remote pilot certificate and start flying under the Part 107 rule, following all operating rules and requirements of Part 107.
- I already applied for a Section 333 exemption. What do I do? In the coming weeks, the FAA will contact you with specific information about the status of your Section 333 petition.
- What about all the pending requests for amendments to existing Section 333 exemptions? In the coming weeks, the FAA will contact you with specific information about the status of your Section 333 petition.
- Will FAA be issuing renewals for current Section 333 exemptions? For the most part, no. If your operation can be flown under the Part 107 rule, the FAA will not renew your exemption once it expires. If you cannot operate under the requirements of the Small UAS Rule, you will need to renew your Section 333 petition once it expires.
- How do I apply for a waiver to the requirements of the Part 107 rule? Waivers are special permissions the FAA issues to authorize certain types of UAS operations not covered under the Part 107 rule. An online portal will be available through www.faa.gov/uas for people to apply for these waivers.
- Once I submit my waiver request, how long before the FAA makes a decision? And how will I be notified? Waiver processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the request. We encourage applicants to submit waiver requests well in advance of when they need a waiver - 90 days is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be notified via email about the outcome of their waiver processing.
- Will I still need a COA to fly under the Part 107 rule? If you already have a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), you can continue to fly under those COA requirements until it expires. This applies to Section 333 COAs, as well as public COAs issued to public entities, such as law enforcement agencies, state or local governments, or universities.If you don't already have a COA and you are not conducting a public aircraft operation, you probably don't need one now that Part 107 is out. Starting in August 2016, civil UAS operations flown under the new rules will not require the UAS operator to get a COA before flying in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace. Operators who want to fly in controlled (Class B, C, D, or E airspace(PDF)) will need air traffic permission - details about obtaining permission will be available online at www.faa.gov/uas before the rule becomes effective in August.Please contact the FAA's Air Traffic Organization for more information.
- Why do I need to register my UAS? Federal law requires that all aircraft (which includes UAS and radio/remote controlled aircraft) flown outdoors must be registered with the FAA and marked with a registration number. UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds may register online at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/or by using the legacy paper based registration process. The weight limit includes everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft at the time of takeoff.
- What is the difference between registering a UAS flown for fun vs. UAS flown for work or business? If you fly your UAS for hobby or recreational purposes and you use the web-based registration process to register your aircraft, you only need to register once and then apply your registration number to as many UAS as you want. Recreational registrants only need to provide their name, address, and email address. The $5 registration fee covers all recreational UAS owned by the registrant.Unmanned aircraft flown for work or business must be registered individually, and each registration costs $5. Registrants must supply their name, address, and email address, in addition to the make, model, and serial number (if available) for each UAS they want to fly.
- Do I always have to have my Certificate of Aircraft Registration with me while flying my UAS? Yes. You must have the FAA registration certificate in your possession when operating an unmanned aircraft. The certificate can be available either on paper or electronically.If another person operates your UAS, they must have the UAS registration certificate in their possession. You can give them a paper copy or email a copy to them.Federal law requires UAS operators to show the certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked. You can show it electronically or show the printed certificate.
- If I'm just flying my UAS inside a building, or in my own yard, do I have to register it? If you're flying indoors, you do not need to register your unmanned aircraft as the FAA does not regulate indoor UAS use. However, when flying in your own yard or over your own property, you will need to register your UAS if the UAS weighs more than 0.55 pounds.
- If my UAS weighs more than 55 lbs., what are the registration requirements? It must be registered using the FAA's paper-based registration process.
- I'm a foreign national and want to fly my UAS in the U.S. on vacation. Do I have to register before flying? If you are a foreign national and you are not eligible to register your sUAS in the United States there are two ways for you to operate. If you want to operate your UAS exclusively as model aircraft you must complete the steps in the web-based registration process and obtain a "recognition of ownership." This recognition of ownership is required by the Department of Transportation to operate a model aircraft in the U.S. Alternatively, if you want to operate your UAS as a non-model aircraft you must register your UAS in the country in which you are eligible to register and obtain operating authority from the Department of Transportation.NOTE: The FAA's online registration website can only be accessed from a computer located in the U.S. or its territories or possessions.
- If my UAS is destroyed or is sold, lost, or transferred, do I need to do anything? If you registered your UAS under the legacy paper-based registration process, you should cancel your registration.If you registered your UAS under the web-based registration process, the FAA recommends that you remove your registration number from the UAS before relinquishing it in accordance with a sale or transfer. In the future, we expect the web-based registration system to allow UAS owners to cancel a registration on-line.
- How do I mark my unmanned aircraft with my unique registration number? If you complete registration using the web-based registration process and satisfy the registration requirements, you may use a permanent marker, label, or engraving, as long as the number remains affixed to the aircraft during routine handling and all operating conditions and is readily accessible and legible upon close visual inspection. The number may also be enclosed in a compartment that is readily accessible, such as a battery compartment.Requirements for marking unmanned aircraft registered in accordance with the legacy registration system can be found in 14 CFR Part 45, subpart C. Guidance material on aircraft marking requirements in Part 45 can be found in Advisory Circular No. 45-2E Identification and Registration Marking.
- When I provide my registration information, is it publicly available? The web-based UAS registration database is not searchable at this time. The FAA and the FAA contractor who maintain the website and database will be able to see the data that you enter. Like the FAA, the contractor is required to comply with strict legal requirements to protect the confidentiality of the personal data you provide. Under certain circumstances, law enforcement officers might also be able to see the data.As described in the applicable Privacy Act System of Records Notice for aircraft registration information, the public may search for aircraft information in the legacy, paper-based aircraft registration system by the aircraft registration number, aircraft owner name, and aircraft owner state/county or territory/county.
- I don't have a computer to register. Is there a form? There are two registration systems available to sUAS owners - the web-based system designed exclusively for small unmanned aircraft and the legacy paper-based registration system. If you don't have a computer to register, you may use the paper registration process.
- Can I transfer my model registration to non-model registration? Only the web-based registration system distinguishes model sUAS registration requirements from non-model sUAS registration requirements.At this time, the web-based registration system does not permit this type of transfer. You must complete registration as a non-modeler and provide specific aircraft information such as manufacturer name, model number and serial number, if applicable.
- Is there a penalty for failing to register? Failure to register an unmanned aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal penalties. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.There is no one-size-fits-all enforcement action for violations. All aspects of a violation will be considered, along with mitigating and aggravating circumstances surrounding the violation. In general, the FAA will attempt to educate operators who fail to comply with registration requirements. However, fines will remain an option when egregious circumstances are present.
- Who do I contact with registration questions or problems? You may email registration questions to UASregistration@faa.gov. Live phone support is also available at (877) 396-4636 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Accident and Incident Reporting
- How do I submit an accident report under the Small UAS Rule (part 107) to the FAA? An online portal will be available through http://www.faa.gov/uas for the remote pilot to report accidents in accordance with reporting requirements in the Part 107 rule. Accident reports may also be made by contacting your nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).
- When do I need to report an accident? The remote pilot in command of the small UAS is required to report an accident to the FAA within 10 days if it results in at least serious injury to any person or any loss of consciousness, or if it causes damage to any property (other than the UAS) in excess of $500 to repair or replace the property (whichever is lower).
- If a UAS crashes in my yard, what do I do? Call local law enforcement. Law enforcement personnel will contact the FAA if the crash investigation requires FAA participation.
- What should I do if I see someone flying a drone in a reckless or irresponsible manner? Flying a drone in a reckless manner is a violation of Federal law and FAA regulations and could result in civil fines or criminal action. If you see something that could endanger other aircraft or people on the ground, call local law enforcement.