11 Things Are Needed To Legally Fly Drones In India

11 Things Are Needed To Legally Fly Drones In India

11 Things Are Needed To Legally Fly Drones In India

Do you want to fly a drone in India? Are you facing many problems for it?

Then, I have a good news for you. From December 1, flying a drone is very easier if you have all the necessary documents as the new Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) drone policy.

Drone is generally developed by photographer and a few commercial enterprises. But, there is always lack of clarity of this drone policy.

In the US and other countries, e-commerce sites like Amazon delivery drone products as well. At last, the policy of drone has finally brought a sense of clarity and it makes easier to fly drones.

Here is A List of Things That You Need To Do For Flying Drones Legally In India:

Require Unique Identification Number:

Drones are defined by the DGCA policy as “remotely piloted aircraft, its associated remote pilot stations, command, and control links, and any other components form a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).”

This drones or RPAs are needed a Unique Identification Number that has to be plastered on the drone. Beside this, for flying a drone in India, you also need an Unmanned AirCraft Operator Permit.

Types Of Drones:

As the DGCA, the drones can be divided into five different types- Nano, Micro, Small, Medium and Large drone. The weight of the drones are respectively-

Drone TypesWeight (gram/Kg)
Nano DroneLess than or equal to 250 gram.
Micro DroneBetween 250 gram to 2 Kg
Small DroneBetween 2kg to 25kg
Medium DroneBetween to 25kg to 150 kg
Large DroneMore than 150 kg.

Need Approval From DGCA:

In case you have a drone that is any other than nano-that is a basically tiny fly object- then you need to get an approval from DGCA. When you applied, the DMGA will give an import clearance and only then you can fly a drone.

May Require Police Permission For Some Cases:

There may be required a special permission as per DMGA’s drone policy.

In case you have a microdrone and are operating it below 200 feet then they need a permission from local police 24 hours ago for the flying it. Besides, any drone that is owned by certain Government agencies that can be controlled only after informing local police before flying them in the air.

Age Restriction:

DGCA clearly revealed that a drone can only be flown by someone who is over 18 years old.

Education Qualification and Training Requirements:

In case you want to fly a drone then you should have passed “class 10th exam in English”. Along with, you should also have undergone training as approved by DGCA.

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Needed Documents:

There is a specific list of documents that are needed to submit to DGCA that will then issues the permit within seven days. The permit remains valid for five years and is non-transferrable.

Insurance Is Compulsory:

Firstly, an insurance is compulsory for any third-party damages that might be incurred. For all types of drones, DGCA has laid out certain basic operating procedures. All the drones are restricted to fly only daytime. Not just that the drones also have to be within Visual Light of Sight (VLOS).

You Can Operate Only One Drone At A Time:

In case you have two drones, you can not control more than one drone at the same time. One person is allowed to fly only one drone.

Restricted Place For Drones:

You can not fly a drone within 5km around an airport in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. But, for the other countries, this restriction comes down 3km.

There are also some restrictions such as-

  • You can not fly a drone within 25kms of international borders.
  • You are not allowed to fly a drone beyond 500m into the sea from the coastline and under 3km from the perimeter of military installations.

Special Places Where There Is No Drone ”Sign”:

Within 5km of Vijay Chowk In Delhi, within 3km of stat sanctuaries complexes, an eco-sensitive zone around wildlife sanctuaries and national park, within 2km of strategic locations notifies by the minister of Home Affairs.


So, these are some few steps that you must be obeyed for flying a done in India. If you maintain all the drone policy of Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA), then you can easily fly a drone.

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