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Drone Pilots

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

To become a drone pilot, you will need to earn a pilot’s license and a remote pilot certificate. To become a pilot, you must be at least 16 years old; be able to read, speak, write, and understand English; be in good physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS; and pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at a FAA-approved knowledge testing center (see for a list of centers).

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