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Drone Policy - Government of India [ Effective 01, December 2018 ]

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The Government of India has established a drone flying policy applicable to flying drones in India. It's important that every drone owner should be aware of this policy and that's the reason I'm sharing it here. Please download it and read the details.


The GoIA has classified the drones into various categories as below

  1. Nano : < 250 grams
  2. Micro: Between 250 grams - 2 Kg of weight
  3. Small: Between 2 Kg - 25 Kg
  4. Medium: Between 25 Kg - 150 Kg
  5. Large: Over 150 Kg

Except for the drones in Nano category that are intended to fly up to 50 feet above the ground do not require the UIN (Unique Identification Number). 

The documents required for obtaining UIN

The UIN can be obtained online but will require contact details of the owner or lessee along with CIN, GSTIN and/or PAN card. 

Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP): 

This will not be required by Nano drones flying below 50 feet and Micro drones flying below 200 feet in uncontrolled airspace and indoor premises. Otherwise, UAOP will be required to fly the drones. 

The validity of the UOAP is 5 years from the date of issue of license and the UOAP cannot be transferred. 

Important points to remember before flying a drone:

  1. Drone operators need a license to fly a drone, which is priced at Rs. 25,000
  2. Obtaining a UNI will require Rs. 1000
  3. The pilot of the drone will need to have SSC (10th) certificate and must be 18+ years of age
  4. You cannot fly a drone within 5 Kms of Airports in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai.
  5. For other airports, this limit is 3 Kms
  6. You cannot fly drone within 3 Kms of any military facility
  7. The drone should be visible to the operator at all the times. 

Special Note:

The DJI Mavic Drone owners will have their drones in the 'Micro' category, which means they won't need to apply for the UIN. If you have questions, please post them below so that we can answer them for you. 

Happy drone flying!

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