New Government mandated legislation requires the majority of drone operators to register their UAV by 30th November 2019, or face the financial consequences.
The new government backed registration system for drones is not off to a flying start. The service which was due to be accepting registrations from 1st October 2019 has run into setbacks and delays, with no word of when the new service will be up and running.
This leaves drone operators in a tricky situation as the clock is quickly ticking towards the 30th November deadline by which drone operators must have registered their drones (for a fee), or face a £1000 fine.
The official response from the CAA is “We are currently finalising the service. The deadline for registration is 30 November 2019 and although there has been a minor delay to the service, we expect it to go live shortly. We will update you as soon as we can.”
For the time being we will all have to keep checking the CAA and Drone Safe updates daily for when the service goes live.
How do the new regulations affect me?
The new regulations apply to nearly all drones from 250g to 20kg that are used outdoors. The CAA anticipates 170,000 registrations in the initial 18 month period.
For reference here are the weights of 3 popular models:
DJI Spark: 300g
DJI Mavic Air: 430g
DJI Phantom 4 Pro: 1.4kg
As you can see, this means practically every drone operator will need to register their drone online using the new service when it becomes available.
What will I need to do?
In order to comply and avoid the £1000 penalty you must do the following as soon as the new registration service becomes available:
- pass an online test to get your flyer ID
- register for an operator ID
- label your drone with your operator ID.
Your Flyer ID is an online theory test with 20 multiple choice questions (16 gets a pass mark).
You will be able to find all the answers in the new (as yet unavailable) Drone and Model Aircraft Code. Your Flyer ID is free and last 3 years and there is no minimum age
Your Operator ID is simply an online registration form which you must fill out which will grant you an official certificate of registration and your Operator ID. You must display the same Operator ID on all your drones. You must be aged over 18 to register a drone and pay a fee (which has yet to be confirmed).
Where can I register?
As we’ve mentioned the service was due to come online on 1st October 2019 to allow plenty of time for drone operators to complete the process before the law becomes mandatory with a £1000 penalty on 30th November 2019.
What we do know is that the service which is being developed in conjunction with https://dronesafe.uk/ will be live imminently, so you should be checking the CAA and Drone Safe for updates daily. It is likely that the ‘Registration’ link at the top of Drone Safe’s website will link to the service directly instead of the current update.
How much will it cost?
Nothing has been 100% confirmed however the fee which the CAA costed and proposed to implement was £16.50 for each drone operator. The CAA was transparent about the fee, claiming that it was necessary to support the cost of running the registration scheme, including IT hosting and security, helpdesk, ID verification, a national awareness campaign and ongoing operational costs.
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All the best with your registration!