Recreational Drone Laws

Federal recreational drone laws are regulated by the FAA. They can be found on the FAA website in addition to information on registering your drone if it is over 250 grams. The DJI Mavic Mini was actually developed and produced at 249 grams to skirt this federal regulation. Recreational drone laws become more complicated when we bring state laws into the picture. Some states like Oregon require all drone pilots to register their drone unless they are an educational institution. This state drone regulation applies all drones including the DJI Mavic Mini.

In addition to the FAA regulations, Homeland Security has also designated critical infrastructure as drone no fly zones. Please read over the Homeland Security website on critical infrastructure here. The main industries that drone pilots need to avoid are power, defense and transportation. This means maintaining standoffs from dams, nuclear reactors, military installations and railyards.

Is There a FAA Recreational Drone Test?

No. The FAA doesn’t require recreational drone pilots to take a test

Can You Fly Drones At Night?

No. The FAA doesn’t allow drones to be flown at night without prior authorization. You can start flying 30 minutes before sunrise and must be finished 30 minutes after sunrise .

State Recreational Drone Laws

State drone laws are the biggest headache for recreational drone pilots. Not only do we have to look at state laws we also have to look at county and city regulations as well. This is a complicated process but we are working on compiling a complete list down to the city not just generic “State Law” sites that many people have put online. Check out the below states.