Effective August 29, 2016 all commercial small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) operators are required by law to be licensed with the FAA.

Commercial Drone License

If you plan to operate your drone for commercial reasons (for Business or Work), you must carry a Remote Pilot License issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In order to obtain a Remote Pilot license, you must complete an Aeronautical Knowledge test at an FAA certified testing center, prior to applying for your certification.

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Operating Rules:

  • Class G airspace*
  • Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
  • Must fly under 400 feet*
  • Must fly during the day*
  • Must fly at or below 100 mph*
  • Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
  • Must NOT fly over people*
  • Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*

    * All of these rules are subject to waiver

Remote Pilot Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.
  • Must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

Please Note: A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at to satisfy this requirement.

Aeronautical Knowledge Test

The FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test is a 2-Hour 60 question exam which must be undertaken in-person at an approved FAA Knowledge Testing Center by anyone wishing to obtain a commercial sUAS / drone certification.

Preparation Course

The Drone Authority provides a preparation course for people planning to take the FAA exam. The comprehensive curriculum was created using all knowledge concepts that the FAA requires drone pilots to learn.

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Steps To Getting A Commercial Drone License


Schedule an Appointment for Testing

You must schedule with an FAA certified Knowledge Testing Center (KTC), which administers initial and recurrent FAA knowledge exams.


2-xxlPass the initial aeronautical knowledge test

The initial aeronautical knowledge test covers more than 12 topics related to safe operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and basic aeronautical knowledge.

3-xxlComplete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate

The FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application must be completed using the electronic FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA).

4-xlReceive Remote Pilot Certificate

A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all FAA-internal processing is complete. An email with a temporary certification will be sent prior to your permanent certificate arriving.

Commercial Drone License Study Guide

The Aeronautical Knowledge Test with the FAA requires specific knowledge of airspace regulations, operational guidelines and weather resources, among many other topics. This e-guide provides a resource for the FAA provided study material needed to prepare for your commercial drone operator license exam.

126-Page Study Guide Includes:

  • All the FAA official Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators study material;
  • FAA suggested sample exam questions on aeronautical knowledge;
  • Listings for all FAA accredited knowledge testing centers in the United States.

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