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Applying for registration as an operator of unmanned aircraft

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

Would you like to operate a drone or other unmanned aircraft (UAS) in Germany? Then you must first register with the Federal Aviation Office (LBA).

If you wish to operate an unmanned aircraft in Germany, you must first register with the Federal Aviation Office (LBA). Unmanned aircraft are colloquially known as drones and officially as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Registration is mandatory if your UAS

  • weighs at least 250 grams or
  • can record personal data with a camera or sensor.

After successful registration, you will receive a personal electronic UAS operator number, an e-ID. You can also operate several UAS with your operator number. It must be affixed to each UAS.

A drone operator is a person or organization that owns or rents one or more drones. They must take action themselves and register the drone with the LBA.

A drone pilot is the person who flies the drone. This does not have to be the owner of the drone. If your organization has already registered and attached the e-ID to the UAS, you do not need an additional e-ID as a remote pilot.

If you have already been registered by an air sports association and have received your e-ID, no further registration is required.

You are obliged to keep your data stored with the LBA up to date at all times and to report any changes immediately, for example if you move house.


Process flow

You can only register as a UAS operator online.

  • Call up the online application in the registration portal of the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA). This will guide you step by step through the necessary information.
  • Upload the documents required for your authentication and submit the application.
  • The LBA will inform you of your UAS operator number (e-ID).
  • You pay the fee via an online payment page.
Requirements
  • You are at least 16 years old.
  • You have liability insurance for the operation of a UAS.
  • Your place of residence, place of work or registered office is in Germany or outside the European Union.
  • You are not registered as a UAS operator in any other EU Member State.
  • The UAS:
    • weighs at least 250 grams or
    • can record personal data with a camera or sensor.
Which documents are required?
  • Online application

For natural persons:

  • Copy of your
    • identity card or
    • passport or
    • residence permit

For non-incorporated institutions under public law:

  • Cover letter from an authorized person including letterhead

For partnerships:

  • Partnership agreement or
  • Extract A from the commercial register

For corporations:

  • Trade license or
  • Extract B from the commercial register

For cooperatives, associations, foundations:

  • Extract from the register of cooperatives, commercial register or register of associations or
  • trade license or
  • foundation deed
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no time limit. If you wish to reactivate a UAS operator registration that has already been deleted, no more than 5 years may have passed since you applied for deletion.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection
  • Further information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the notification of your application.
What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport Affairs (BMDV)

Professionally released on

20.11.2023

Teaser

Would you like to operate a drone or other unmanned aircraft (UAS) in Germany? Then you must first register with the Federal Aviation Office (LBA).

Process flow

You can only register as a UAS operator online.

  • Call up the online application in the registration portal of the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA). This will guide you step by step through the necessary information.
  • Upload the documents required for your authentication and submit the application.
  • The LBA will inform you of your UAS operator number (e-ID).
  • You pay the fee via an online payment page.

Requirements

  • You are at least 16 years old.
  • You have liability insurance for the operation of a UAS.
  • Your place of residence, place of work or registered office is in Germany or outside the European Union.
  • You are not registered as a UAS operator in any other EU Member State.
  • The UAS:
    • weighs at least 250 grams or
    • can record personal data with a camera or sensor.

Which documents are required?

  • Online application

For natural persons:

  • Copy of your
    • identity card or
    • passport or
    • residence permit

For non-incorporated institutions under public law:

  • Cover letter from an authorized person including letterhead

For partnerships:

  • Partnership agreement or
  • Extract A from the commercial register

For corporations:

  • Trade license or
  • Extract B from the commercial register

For cooperatives, associations, foundations:

  • Extract from the register of cooperatives, commercial register or register of associations or
  • trade license or
  • foundation deed

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no time limit. If you wish to reactivate a UAS operator registration that has already been deleted, no more than 5 years may have passed since you applied for deletion.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection
  • Further information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the notification of your application.

What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport Affairs (BMDV)

Professionally released on

20.11.2023

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