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DRONE FAQS - OPERATOR REGISTRATION

1. Do I need to register my drone with the IAA?

Currently, all drones over 1kg and drones operated above 15m (50ft), must be registered with the IAA. However, on December 31st 2020 the EU drone Regulation comes into effect, which will require all drone operators using any drone over 250grams, or those with a camera or sensor to be registered. By registering with the IAA at this time you will automatically meet the new EU requirements. You can register with the IAA on the MySRS portal

2. Why must I register as a drone operator?

It’s the law. Registration is mandatory in Ireland in accordance with the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order S.I. 563 of 2015. On December 31st 2020 the EU drone Regulation comes into effect which will further specify new pan-European requirements for drone operators, including requirements for pilots of drones to complete training. 

3. Where do I register as a drone operator?

You can register with the IAA on the MySRS portal

4. How soon after buying my drone should I register as an operator?

Drone operators should register their drones at MySRS portal before operating their drone.

    5. What happens if I don’t register as a drone operator?

    The IAA can initiate a number of enforcement actions up to and including the detention of drones that do not meet the legal and safety requirements. Additionally, if the IAA deems it is warranted in the case, summary proceedings may be taken by the Authority by lodging a summons in the appropriate District Court or can initiate an indictment proceeding with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    6. When am I legally obliged to register as a drone operator under the new EU Regulation?

    The new European drone rules, requiring people to register as an operator will come into force as of 31 December 2020. Drone operators should make themselves familiar with the new EU-wide regulations, and in particular Regulation (EU) 2019/947, details of which can be found on the dedicated EASA website

    7. What is the minimum age for which people can register as a drone operator? 

    16 years of age.

    8. Do I need to register if I operate a model aircraft?

    Yes. Model aircraft are treated in the same way as drones. For more information on the impact of the new EU regulation on model aircraft, visit the Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland at www.maci.ie

    9. Can an organisation register as a drone operator? 

    Yes, an organisation can register as a drone operator. A registered drone operator can operate multiple drones on one account.

    10. I previously paid to register my drone – do the fees paid cover pro-rata the new charge?

    The new drone operator registration system is in operation from 21st September 2020 and no longer requires you to register each individual drone, you just register yourself once as an operator and you can operate multiple drones. 

    Recognising that people may have just recently paid to register a drone for a limited period until November 30th, people can register as a drone operator for a fee of €5. As per the EU Regulation this will be valid for two years. The fee for registration as a Drone Operator will be €30 effective 12th March 2021.

    11. What if I have more than one drone that qualifies me to register – do I pay more?

    No, the national register is for drone operators and has no limit on the number of drones which you can then operate.

    12. Do I need to prove my name and age when registering?

    Yes, the IAA MySRS portal will guide you through the process of authenticating your identification including name and age. 

    13. Do I need to register as a drone operator if I wish to pilot a drone?

    No, however, there are specific competency requirements to pilot a drone which you must be able to demonstrate you have completed. Further information is available on the EASA website FAQs about drone pilot requirements.

    14. Can I register as a drone operator before I purchase a drone?

    Yes, you can register as a drone operator before you purchase your drone.

    15. How can I check if I have registered as a drone operator correctly?

    Once you have an account for the IAA MySRS platform you will be able to logon on at any time and check the status of your drone operation details and drone remote pilot certificate competency certificates held by you.

    16. Do I need to register the make/model of my drone?

    You do not need to register the make/model of your drone to become registered as a drone operator. Please note, that drone operations in the specific and certified category will require you to provide this detail.

    17. Will I have to label my drone(s), indicating that they are registered?

    Yes, you are required to apply your drone operator ID to the drones operated by you and remote drone pilots operating for you.  Likewise, new drones over 250gr with electronic ID transmission will be entering the EU market shortly which will require you to load your operator ID in such drones.

    18. Where is my personal data stored and who can access it?

    IAA data storage and use of personal data is fully compliant with all GDPR requirements. See IAA Privacy Policy for more. 

    19. How do I register a change of address as a drone user?

    Registered Operators may login to their IAA MySRS account and change their details, such as an address, at any time.

    20. If I lose my drone or it is no longer usable, do I need to notify the IAA / SRS system?

    If you lose your drone, please notify the IAA by sending a message using your MySRS account. You will remain responsible for any drone with your operator ID affixed or electronically identified should it be subsequently used. 

    If your drone is stolen report it to An Garda Síochána and then notify the IAA by sending a message using your MySRS account.

    21. Can I check with the IAA, as a member of the public, who owns a certain drone?

    Due to data protection legislation, it will not be possible for members of the public to obtain access to drone operator register data. 

    *Note: It will be possible, as per the new EU regulation, to be able to identify if a drone operating in your vicinity is a registered operator and to record the drone operator ID number should you wish to notify concerns with the operation. This capability will become available across Europe as drone manufacturers transition to supplying drones compliant with the new EU regulation over the next two years. 

    22. If I stop operating my drone, can I request a refund from the IAA

    No, your registration as a drone operator is a unique transaction that remains valid for two years, regardless of the amount of subsequent flying you do.

    23. If I lose my drone or it is no longer usable, do I need to notify the IAA?

    If your drone is no longer usable, there is no need to contact the IAA. Please ensure you remove your operator ID and dispose of your old drones in an environmentally responsible manner.

    24. How do I know if I need to register myself as a drone operator?

    You do NOT need to register as a drone operator 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).

    25. If I buy a 250gr*+ drone for my 14-year-old and they are the only one who uses it - who registers as the operator?

    Drone operators must be at least 16 years of age. For all drone pilots under 16 years of age, a parent or guardian must register as the drone operator on their behalf.

    26. Do I need to register as an operator in Ireland if I am already registered as a drone operator in another EU country?

    Not if you are already registered with the Civil Aviation Authority in your country of primary residence. However, you do need do apply for cross border operations if you wish to conduct operations in Ireland. 

    27. Can I register my drone in another EU state and operate in Ireland?

    You may operate your drone within Ireland if it is registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of another EU state. Drone operators must register with the Civil Aviation Authority in their country of primary residence. 

    28. Can I operate my drone in another EU state if I am a registered drone operator in Ireland?

    Yes, the new EU regulation creates a pan-European market for drone operations, where operators can operate freely throughout the EU. *(Following the application of the EU-wide drone requirements from December 31st 2020.)
    However, you do need do apply for cross border operations if you wish to conduct operations in another member state.

    29. What is the difference between the Open and Specific Category of drone operations?

    For information on Open and Specific Category of drone operations, visit the EASA FAQs on drones.  

    30. What if my drone is involved in an accident and I am a registered operator?

    There is a legal requirement to report an accident involving a drone. Please report your incident to fod@iaa.ie

    31. What if I want to fly my drone or operate drones for commercial purposes? 

    Please register on iaa.mysrs.ie for more on this.

    For all other questions related to drones and the EU Regulation, visit the EASA drones website