The Federal Aviation Administration and the federal government have exclusive authority over airspace in the United States. The FAA establishes operating rules governing the airspace in the form of federal regulations.
The State of North Carolina is responsible for ensuring that anyone operating unmanned aircraft systems/drones in the State understand North Carolina-specific regulations to facilitate responsible use of the technology – allowing the benefits associated with various applications of the technology to be realized while also protecting the safety and privacy of North Carolina citizens and visitors.
The N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation is responsible for all public, non-federal, and commercial UAS/drone operations concerning knowledge testing, commercial permitting and stands as a primary point of contact for all state-related unmanned aircraft system issues. The Division of Aviation is not responsible for pilot certification, commercial licensing, airworthiness standards, law enforcement or airspace issues.
The FAA does not have jurisdiction over indoor flight, which is governed by North Carolina general statutes.