Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register myself or my drone?

Unless they are in the Certified Category, drones do not need to be registered, but you, as drone operator/owner, must register yourself. You do so with the Irish Aviation Authority at You register once, independently of how many drones you have operating in the ’open’ or the ’specific’ category. Your registration will be valid for a period of 5 years, after which you need to renew it. However, you do not need to register yourself if your drone(s):

  1. weighs less than 250g and has no camera or other sensor able to detect personal data; or
  2. even with a camera or other sensor, weighs less than 250g, but is a toy (this means that its documentation shows that it complies with ‘toy’ Directive 2009/48/EC);

Relevant regulation: article 21 of EU regulation 2019/947.

December 6, 2021

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