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North Carolina requires UAS/drone operators to have an Operator Permit if they are flying for commercial purposes or are a government (public use) organization.

Before you apply for your permit, please check the lists below. Commercial and Government operators must have documents from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before getting a permit.

After getting your documents, Commercial and Government operators must pass the NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test. Immediately after passing the test, you will be able to get your permit by sending your information to the NCDOT: Division of Aviation.

UAS Operator Permit Requirements

Commercial

  1. You must have a valid Airman Certificate or a sponsor with valid Airman Certificate.
  2. You must have a valid Driver License and be at least 16 years old.
  3. You must pass the NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test & send your information to NCDOT: Division of Aviation.
  4. Commerical operators do have to register their UAS through the FAA's sUAS website.
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Government

  1. You must have a valid Airman Certificate or a sponsor with valid Airman Certificate.
  2. You must have a valid Driver License and be at least 16 years old.
  3. You must pass the NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test & send your information to NCDOT: Division of Aviation.
  4. Government operators do have to register their UAS through the FAA's sUAS website.
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Recreational

  • Recreational UAS/drone operators do not need an Operator Permit.
  • Recreational operators do have to register their UAS through the FAA's sUAS website.
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