Drone Laws In The UK

Drone laws vary in different countries. UK drone laws 2019 that became effective on 30th November 2019 meant that you only had to register your drone if it weighed over 250 grams. However, the new drone regulation from 31 December 2020, means that any drone with a camera must be registered with the CAA, even if it weighs less than 250g. Drones under 250g without a camera do not need to be registered.

The new drone laws in the UK do impact pilots much and we welcome it because it protects people and infrastructures. You will need two types of licenses if you want to fly a drone with a camera in the UK:

  • You need to take an online theory test to get your Flyer ID; costing just £9.
  • You must also register to get an Operator ID

Weighing under 250g, DJI Mini 2 drone is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Before the new drone laws, you would not have been required to get a license. With the new laws on 31st December 2020, you will need to register your drone and get the appropriate license.

If you want to fly commercially, meaning you will use your drone to generate some form of income; you will need to take the PfCO CAA (Permission for Commercial Operations) exam. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the Drone Code and the Drone Registration Scheme before you fly a drone in the UK.

Still in doubt? Click here for some of the key drone rules.