Government UAS Operators
What is a government operator?
Government operators of UAS fly for a public entity. Examples include:
- State agencies
- Fire departments
- Law enforcement
Federal rules, restrictions & requirements
If you want to fly your UAS for government use, you have two options:
Fly using FAA “Part 107” rules
- Summary of Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (14 CFR, Part 107) (PDF)
- Full chapter of the 14 CFR, Part 107, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Apply for a Certificate of Authorization
If you want to operate UAS for a government entity outside of the 14 CFR, Part 107 rules, you may apply for a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization. For more information on governmental UAS rules, restrictions and requirements, visit the FAA website.
All aircraft registered with the FAA must register with MnDOT and pay an annual registration fee in the State of Minnesota. To complete registration of the aircraft, the owner is required to show proof that sales tax has been paid and provide insurance information. Use the FAA registration number in the first blank on the form that starts with “N-“.
Where can I fly?
Though not required, it is good practice for government aircraft operators (14 CFR, Part 107 users) to contact airports when flying. A smartphone application like AirMap is suggested to locate airports in the vicinity.