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New rules for drone registration and accreditation

31 July 2019

New rules have passed that will require drones to be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Registration will occur over two phases:

  • commercial drones
  • recreational drones.

The rules also require all drone flyers to either have a remote pilot licence or have completed a short online safety quiz.

No action is required at this time.

The registration and accreditation requirements apply (with certain exceptions) to:

  • drones more than 250 grams operated recreationally
  • all drones operated commercially regardless of weight.

Consultation on the cost of registering your drone will occur ahead of the scheme’s introduction. It follows earlier consultation on the policy in February 2019.

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