The old UK drone laws meant that drone pilots only had to register their 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.
Drone laws vary in different countries, so it is important to understand the laws in the country that you will be flying. We welcome the new UK drone laws because it protects people and infrastructures of the nation. You will need two types of licenses if you want to fly a drone with camera in the UK:
- You need to take an online theory test to get your Flyer ID; costing just £9.
- You also need to register to get an Operator ID.
Weighing under 250g, DJI Mini 2 and SG107 drones are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Prior to the new drone laws, you would not have being required to get a license. With the new drone laws in the UK, you must 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.