Before you start flying your drone and collecting data of your worksite, you will need to get your Part 107 license. 

As of January 13, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) updated the process for obtaining the necessary certification to fly a small drone for commercial operations. 

This process can be confusing, so we will go over the basics of what you need to know to get your certification under Part 107 regulations.

What is Part 107?

Part 107 of FAA regulations covers a broad spectrum of commercial and government uses for drones that weigh less than 55lbs (25kg). 

Do not fly your drone unless you have the proper FAA certification—a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating.

The full guidelines are available on the FAA website, but here is a quick summary of the steps to get your FAA certification as a commercial drone pilot under Part 107. 

Step 1: Learn the rules

Propeller offers a free FAA Part 107 study guide for download, and you can also refer to the summary of Part 107 rules published by the FAA. 

There are also many other online resources you can use as study material.

Step 2: Receive your certification

1. All applicants must establish an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) within IACRA before taking the knowledge test. 

Select Applicant as your role. 

Enter your personal information and register. 

2. Schedule an appointment to take the test (Unmanned Aircraft General - Small). You will need the FTN from your IACRA registration. 

3. Pass the knowledge test.

4. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 using the IACRA system.

5. After passing the test and completing the form, you will receive a temporary certificate via email. You will receive your permanent certificate in the mail at a later date. 

Keep your certificate available with you whenever you fly your drone. If you have any questions about this process, please contact  

Step 3: Register your drone with the FAA

Drones must be registered with the FAA through FAADroneZone before you fly. 

If your company's drone is already registered with the FAA, all you need to do is join your company's FAADroneZone account.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to arm you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, the Propeller tech support team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by emailing

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