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Since the 21st December 2015, drone registration has been mandatory in accordance with the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order S.I. 563 of 2015 for certain drones. All drones over 1kg must be registered, as do all drones, irrespective of weight flown higher than 15m above the ground or water.

Which drones/model aircraft must be registered?

Those of 1 kg or more and less than 25 kg, without fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft and including cargo at the start of its flight, must be registered through this website. Lighter drones flown at heights greater than 15m above the ground or water must also be registered.

Unmanned aircraft of 25 kg or more must be registered with the IAA directly.  Those in excess of 150kg are subject to the Irish Aviation Authority (Nationality and Registration of Aircraft) Order, 2015, and must be registered in a similar manner to manned aircraft. Information regarding large unmanned aircraft registration is available here

Age Restrictions

You must be over 16 years of age to register a drone. Drones operated by those under 16 years of age must be registered by a parent or legal guardian.  

Two Step Registration Process

In order to register your drone, you must first register with ASSET, the IAA's online terrain mapping system. Once done, you will be able to register your drone via the ASSET system.

For technical queries on drone registration, please email drones@iaa.ie




This document is a step-by-step guide to the drone registration process.

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