UAS Operator Permit

A permit is not required for recreational operators.

We encourage you to take the UAS Knowledge Test and familiarize yourself with all North Carolina UAS rules & regulations.

FAA UAS Registration

Recreational operators not operating under the "Special Rule of Model Aircraft" are required to register their UAS/drone with the Federal Aviation Administration.

What is a Recreational Operator?

Anyone who uses UAS/drone technology solely for the purpose of recreation.

Guidelines for Recreational Users

Recreational UAS/drone operators are not required to obtain a license or permit from the Division of Aviation. However, recreational users are subject to NC UAS rules and regulations. The FAA, however, has set guidelines for safe and responsible operation:

  • Always fly below an altitude of 400 feet, and fly within your direct line of sight.
  • Be aware of FAA airspace requirements
  • Do not fly near stadiums, prisons, public events or directly over people.
  • Do not fly near aircraft, especially near airports.
  • Do not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts.
  • Do not fly for compensation.
  • Do not fly at night.
  • Do not fly a UAS/drone that weighs more than 55 pounds.
  • Register your drone at the FAADroneZone.

Additional Operator Types