Registering your drone: Overview
You must be registered to fly your drone after June 1, 2019.
All drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) must be registered.
Drones under 250 g do not need to be registered. Drones over 25 kg also do not need to be registered, but require a special flight operations certificate instead.
Marking your drone
Pilots must mark their drones with their registration number before they fly. We may fine you if you do not mark your drone with its registration number before flying it.
If you fly an unregistered drone, you may be fined $1,000 for a person and $5,000 for a corporation.
Benefits of registration
- If you lose your drone, registration may help in returning it to you if it is found
- If there is a recall from the manufacturer, we may be able to notify you
How to register your drone
Pilots can register their drone through the Drone Management Portal.
What you need before you start
It should take 3 minutes to register a drone. To begin, you will need the following information:
- purchase date (if applicable)
- make, model, serial number, weight and type of drone
- Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Interac card
You will need to choose one of the following secure sign-in options to the Drone Management Portal:
- a Government of Canada login (GCKey), or
- your online banking login (sign-in partner)
Pilots wishing to conduct advanced operations
Visit Choosing the right drone to see if your drone has been approved for advanced operations.
Although you may register now, the registration certificate you receive might not contain the drone safety assurance declaration. Once the manufacturer submits their declaration to us, we’ll send you an email that explains which advanced operations your drone is approved for.
Until you receive this email from us, you may only fly your drone for basic operations.
How to Mark Your Drone
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Know before you go!
How to mark your drone:
Register your drone through the Drone Management Portal
Mark your drone with its registration number.
(Image of a drone and zoom in on its registration number: C-1827459426)
The registration number must be clearly visible on the drone.
You can use:
- permanent marker
- permanent label