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User Identification Tool

Are you law enforcement or a government agency (federal entity; a state or U.S. territory government; or a political subdivision of a state government, U.S. territory government, or part of a Tribal Indian Government listed in the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5122))?

  • Yes.
    Are you planning to fly on behalf of your government agency; meaning the mission you plan to fly meets the defintion of a governmental function?
    • Yes.
      Does your agency currently own (or plan to own) and operate its own equipment OR have an exclusive lease on it for more than 90 days?
      • Yes.
        Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
        • Yes.
          Operate under Public Aircraft Operation Certificate of Authorization (COA).
        • No.
          You have two options depending your mission. You may operate under Public Aircraft Operation Certificate of Authorization (COA) OR the FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
      • No.
        You are a public aircraft operator and need to operate under FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
    • No.
      Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
      • Yes.
        You will need to apply for a 44807 authorization under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018.
      • No.
        Fly under FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
  • No.
    Are you a student or educator?
    • Yes.
      Are you flying for work or school work?
      • Yes.
        Are you at least 16 years old?
        • Yes.
          Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
          • Yes.
            You will need to apply for a 44807 authorization under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018.
          • No.
            Fly under FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
        • No.
          Follow the rules for Recreational Fliers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations.
      • No.
        Are you at least 16 years old?
        • Yes.
          Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
          • Yes.
            You will need to apply for a 44807 authorization under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018.
          • No.
            Fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
        • No.
          You must fly under the supervision of Remote Pilot Certifcate holder in accordance with the FAA Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
    • No.
      Are you flying for work, business, or a commercial enterprise?
      • Yes.
        Are you at least 16 years old?
        • Yes.
          Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
          • Yes.
            You will need to apply for a 44807 authorization under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018.
          • No.
            Fly under FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
        • No.
          You must fly under the supervision of Remote Pilot Certifcate holder in accordance with the FAA Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107).
      • No.
        Are you flying for fun or recreation?
        • Yes.
          Does your drone weigh more than 55 pounds?
          • Yes.
            You will need to operate the unmanned aircraft under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018 44809(c)(2).
          • No.
            Fly under either FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107) or Section 44809 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2018.
        • No.
          Are you flying to test or research a new technology or design?
          • Yes.
            Operate under FAA Order 8130.34 under a temporary experimental aircraft cerfication.
          • No.
            Please email the FAA at 9-AJV-115-UASOrganization@faa.gov with description of mission for more guidance.

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