Remote pilot licence

Anyone can apply for a remote pilot licence (RePL), but you only need one if you want to:

You do not need a RePL if you're:

The requirements

If you have your RePL, you can:

  • be employed as a remote pilot for an individual or business that holds a ReOC, or apply for your own ReOC
  • fly a drone more than 25 kg but not more than 150 kg for commercial purposes over your own land, without a ReOC.

Your RePL will show the type and weight category of drone that you’re approved to fly:

  • less than 7 kg
  • less than 25 kg
  • less than 150 kg (type specific ratings only)
  • more than 150 kg (type specific ratings only).

A RePL does not expire. There is no minimum age to get a RePL.

Medium RPA flown over your own land

You can fly a drone weighing more than 25kg but not more than 150 kg over your own land for business or as part of your job, provided you do not accept any type of payment for the services. This is called the landowner or private landholder excluded category because you do not need a ReOC. Examples of the types of operations you can do under this excluded category include:

  • aerial spotting
  • crop, livestock or equipment inspections
  • land surveying
  • agricultural operations
  • carrying cargo.

You must:

Get your RePL

To get a RePL, you must:

  1. get an aviation reference number (ARN)
  2. use our directory to find a certified RePL training provider. You can search for both the operation and theory components of your course.
  3. pass the required theory part of a RePL training course
  4. pass the practical skills part for the type and category of RPA you intend to fly.

If you pass, your RePL training provider will apply to CASA for your RePL on your behalf.

If you want to fly in controlled airspace, you'll also need an aeronautical radio operators licence (AROC). An AROC allows you to broadcast over VHF radio aviation frequency with other pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers or emergency workers in the area.

On 28 January 2021, it became mandatory for any drone flown for business or as part of your job to be registered with us. Check your drone is registered before you fly.

Recognition of aviation experience

You can get recognition of your aviation experience if you have either:

  • passed the theory part of any Part 61 flight crew licence (for example, PPL, CPL, ATPL or RPL)
  • an equivalent military qualification or air traffic control licence.

International qualifications may be recognised following a review and comparison of the foreign and Australian syllabi. Recognition of your experience means you don't need to sit the theory component of a RePL training course.

To get a RePL with prior aviation experience, you can either:

  1. Find a certified RePL training provider:
    1. give evidence of your aviation experience
    2. pass the practical skills part of a RePL training course
    3. log 5 hours of flying your RPA under the standard operating conditions
    4. if you pass, they will apply to CASA for your RePL on your behalf.
  2. Book a flight test with CASA by using the RPA flight test webform. As part of the process you'll need to:
    1. give evidence of your aviation experience
    2. log 5 hours of flying your RPA under the standard operating conditions
    3. pass the practical skills part of the RePL competency
    4. once your flight test is complete, submit your RePL application and supporting documents to CASA, including your RPA flying hours log book form 1483.

Download your RePL

Once you get your RePL, you can view and download your licence using myCASA.

To download your RePL:

  1. Sign into your myCASA account on your iPhone or Android
  2. View your remote pilot licence details
  3. Choose to download either on your Apple Wallet or Google Pay
  4. Read through the guidance on using the digital licence and then at the bottom of the page, tap the 'add to Apple Wallet' or 'Save to phone' button
  5. Your licence will then load into your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.

Contact us

Have a question? Need help? Try asking our virtual assistant in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

You can also contact us through our online enquiry form.

To keep up to date with the latest drone information and updates subscribe to our mailing list.

Last updated:
5 Sep 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//drones/get-your-operator-credentials/remote-pilot-licence
Back to top of page