Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Drones

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Picture of a Drone

Register Your Drone

MnDOT Requires UAS with FAA-Issued
N-Numbers to be Registered

Under Minnesota state law, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones are required to be registered with MnDOT Office of Aeronautics. Learn more about Aircraft Registration.

Registration with MnDOT is not required for unmanned aircraft operated solely for recreational use. The FAA does require all UAS operators to register with them.


Location and Hours

MnDOT - Office of Aeronautics
Aircraft Registration Unit
222 East Plato Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55107-1618
651-234-7201 - Phone
651-296-9089 - FAX
Office Hours Are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday

If Your Drone has an N-Number you are most likely a Commercial Operator and you need a license

Minnesota Law defines a commercial operation as any operation of an aircraft, including unmanned aircraft, for compensation or hire for which a fee is charged or compensation is received. Commercial operators are required to obtain a license from MnDOT before they advertise, represent, or hold themselves out as giving or offering to provide these services. Learn more about the licensing process and access forms.

Search the Directory of Licensed Commercial Operators. (coming soon)

Questions about commercial operations?
Contact Rick Braunig at 651-234-7230 or email us at droneinfo.dot@state.mn.us

Recreational Use

Model aircraft operations are for hobby or recreational purposes only. As of December 21, 2015, all operators of unmanned aircraft are required to register with the FAA.
Register at www.faa.gov/uas/registration.

In general, recreational users are encouraged to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
  • Yield the right of way to manned aircraft. See and avoid other aircraft at all times.
  • Do not endanger persons or property. No intentional overflight of moving vehicles or unprotected persons. Fly no closer than 25 feet.
  • Fly no higher than necessary (less than 400 feet). Remain below surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Avoid operations in close proximity to airports. When within 5 miles of an airport, contact the airport/Air Traffic Control (ATC).
  • Ensure pilot competency/proficiency and the safe operation of the aircraft.
  • Remain within visual line of sight (VLOS). Use a spotter when necessary/appropriate.

Learn more about model aircraft operations.

Questions about recreational drone use?
Email us at droneinfo,dot@state.mn.us