Commercial Drone License Required in the USA
Part 107 Certificate required!
Flying drones in the US for commercial purposes (versus recreational or educational purposes) requires the pilot to obtain a Part 107 Certificate from the FAA. Commercial drone work is defined by the pilot obtaining anything of value in return for the flight operations.
Important - Even if your drone weighs less than 250g (i.e. DJI Mini 2), you must still have your Part 107 AND register it when using it for commercial purposes.
Part 107 Certificate
If you're not FAA-certified, and you are looking to become a certified remote pilot, we highly recommend Drone Pilot Ground School.
Rules For All Part 107 Flights
- Always avoid manned aircraft.
- Never operate in a careless or reckless manner.
- Keep your drone within sight. If you use First Person View or similar technology, you must have a visual observer always keep your drone within unaided sight (for example, no binoculars).
- You cannot be a pilot or visual observer for more than one drone operation at a time.
- Do not fly a drone over people unless they are directly participating in the operation.
- Do not operate your drone from a moving vehicle or aircraft unless you are flying your drone over a sparsely populated area and it does not involve the transportation of property for compensation or hire.
FAA UAS Resources - Explore these links to learn more about becoming a drone pilot
Testing Centers - Where Can You Take Your Exam?
Part 107 Recurrent Training
Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificates are valid for 24 months. Prior to your lapse date, you should enroll in one the FAA's Recurrent Training Courses. You should select the training option from the third bullet point, unless you are a Part 61 certificate holder.
This recurrent training course is all online and does not require you to take an in-person test at a testing center. If by chance, you have let your certificate lapse, that is alright. You simple need to take the recurrent training and then you will be back in compliance. It is not necessary for you to sit for the general knowledge exam again.