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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Drones: Government UAS Operators

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In Minnesota, drones are governed by federal regulations, state statutes, and administrative rules. This page provides links to authoritative repositories for regulations, statutes, and rules relevant to drone operations. It will be updated as information is received.

However, it is always the responsibility of the drone operator to ensure he or she is in compliance with all relevant regulations, statutes, and rules, regardless of whether they have been posted here.

Federal Regulations

Most federal regulations regarding aircraft are found in Title 14 Combined Federal Regulations (CFR). Authoritative text of CFRs is provided by the Government Printing Office via the e-CFR system.

Part Topic
14 CFR Part 1 Definitions
14 CFR Part 91 General Operating and Flight Rules
14 CFR Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Minnesota Regulations

Minnesota statutes are published electronically by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Chapter 360 deals with aeronautics, which includes regulation of airports and aircraft.  Take special note of 360.59.

Statute Topic
360.012 Sovereignty; liability; Effect of other law
360.013 Definitions
360.075 Violations, Penalties
360.511-360.675 Aircraft Registration and Taxation

Minnesota Administrative Rules

Minnesota Administrative Rules are published electronically by the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Chapter 8800 is administered by MnDOT and relates to aeronautics.

Rule Topic
8800.3100 Definition of Comercial Operations
8800.3200 Licensing of Commercial Operations
8800.3950 Other Endorsements


MnDOT is the state-level regulatory agency for aircraft in Minnesota. We are here to help you with your UAS operations. For assistance, please contact:

UAS Department
MnDOT - Office of Aeronautics