Do I Need a License to Fly a Drone Under 250g | JC Drones

This blog will look at whether you need a license to fly a drone. For example, if you want to fly a drone for fun, you don’t need to apply for a license. However, if you want to use a drone for commercial reasons then you will need to apply for a license or in some cases register your drone.

The use of drones is becoming more and more popular and no longer is it just the military and defense companies using them. Now, drones can be seen in hospitals to deliver blood and medicines, they can be seen in the media industry to do live reporting and they can even be seen delivering pizzas!

Do I need a license to fly a drone under 250g?

The short answer to this question is no, you don’t need a license to fly your drone under 250g. But if you want to fly one in certain areas or for certain purposes, you may need to apply for an exemption from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

CASA rules require that you obtain authorization from them before flying any aircraft unless the aircraft meets certain weight and size criteria. These criteria will not include most recreational drones weighing less than 2kg, so therefore you won’t need an exemption from CASA if your drone weighs less than this.

Are you allowed to buy a license?

If you’re buying a brand new drone, then you should be able to buy an appropriate license for it. If you’re purchasing a second-hand model, you should check if its license is transferable.

It may also be wise to check with your local aviation authority, who can advise on whether or not it’s legal for them to be in your area. Note that simply registering as an ‘Unmanned Aircraft Operator’ with Sport England isn’t sufficient for flying drones; there are additional requirements.

How do you apply for the license?

You don’t need a license for an unmanned aircraft (UA) flying below 120 meters if it weighs less than 2kg. There are no age restrictions, so children as young as 14 years old can be licensed.

The majority of UAs weighing less than 2kg do not require any certification or licensing at all, including toy aircraft such as quadcopters and flying drones; however, these are not permitted within 30 meters of buildings or vehicles that you don’t own or have permission from its owner.

What happens if you don’t have the license

Non-commercial flyers might not need it, but if you’re flying for commercial reasons (for example, taking photos or videos), you may well be required to get one. The Civil Aviation Authority has more information on who needs what license and what they entail; as with most official documents, it’s in no way user-friendly, so we’ve had a quick look for you. A short summary: If your machine weighs more than 20kg, or is over two meters in length, you must register your details with the CAA before flying it commercially.

Where can you read more about it?

If you’re not sure whether you need permission, read up on Part 101. You can find relevant information on FAA’s UAS site. You may also be interested in learning more about Small Unmanned Aircraft from NASA. And if you’re keen to learn how to build your own drone, there are several great resources available online! Here are two of them: How To Make A Quadcopter – Instructables and DIY Drones.


We hope you enjoyed this blog post about whether you need a license to fly a drone. Many people are interested in purchasing drones these days to use for a variety of purposes. If you have a drone you’re hoping to use for a particular application or you are unsure if you need a license to fly your drone, please contact us anytime.