Drones are aircraft
All aircraft are subject to federal and state regulations
Technical literature may call drones: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Autonomous Aircraft, or Model Aircraft. Regardless of what it is called, the key features are that the device is capable of controlled flight, and does not have a pilot onboard.
MnDOT is the state-level regulator for aircraft in Minnesota.
MnDOT Aeronautics has prepared specific pages with information based on how you, your company, or your government agency operates or interacts with drones.
What are your intentions with a drone?
- I want to find a drone operator licensed in Minnesota to do work for me
- I want to fly drones or model aircraft recreationally
- I want to use drones in my business
- I am an airport or heliport manager who has been notified of a drone flight
- I represent a law enforcement agency who wants to fly drones
- I represent a law enforcement agency who has received a complaint about drones
- I represent a state or local government entity that wants to fly drones
- I represent a state or local government that wants to restrict the use of drones in our jurisdiction
- I want information on local drone ordinances or regulations in Minnesota
- I am looking for regulations, statutes, or administrative rule specifically related to drones