FAA Rules for Business use

The following rules are for those that intend to use their drone (sUAS) in a non-hobby or for profit use (business, individual or government).
You will need a license from the FAA for small unmanned aircraft (part 107) as of August 29, 2016

These are the steps for the drone pilot license

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have a valid government-issued picture ID
  • study for the part 107 test (books, online classes, etc)
  • take the knowledge test at a test center
    • pay $150 for the test
    • pass the test (60 questions – must make 70%)
  • apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate which will cost $5
  • complete a TSA background check
  • retest every 24 months


Drone business restrictions

Your new drone license has the following restrictions that must be considered with your business plans.  You can’t fly your drone:

  • at night
  • over people
  • higher than 400 feet (unless you’re within 400 feet of a building; skyscraper climbing is OK)
  • further away than you can see with your naked eye
  • at speeds over 100 miles per hour
  • from a moving vehicle or inside a covered stationary vehicle
  • within five miles of an airport, unless you clear it with air traffic control using this tool at the FAA’s website.

You must report any accidents to the FAA if there is more than $500 in property damage or someone is hurt.


Next Steps – See our guide to starting your new drone business with example expenses and profit.


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