Drone operators in California are now required to register with the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCS) and can also apply for a new license to operate drones in the state.
However, the law doesn’t explicitly require drone operators to be licensed, nor does it specifically say that drones must be equipped with cameras or GPS navigation equipment.
The regulations state that operators must provide “a safe, secure, and discreet location where the drone is kept and maintained for use by the person operating it.”
This doesn’t mean that drone operators are required to be armed, though.
The drone regulations specifically state that drones “may not be operated by a person under the age of 18 unless the person is accompanied by a parent or guardian.”
Drone operators must also obtain a license that has a “safety, security, and privacy component” that can include a GPS tracking device and the ability to use the drone “for purposes of monitoring a person or property in the vicinity.”
The drone safety requirements do not explicitly require drones to be equipped to fly at night or during periods of darkness.
But according to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a drone “may be used in any public area when no one is present.”
Drone license requirements are different from the ones in other states.
In Colorado, a drone must have an emergency beacon or a GPS navigation system that can be used to determine the location of a person on the ground, which allows drone operators the freedom to fly and “move without interference.”
But Colorado’s drone regulations require a “proper license” that includes a GPS tracker.
A license in Colorado doesn’t require drone use, and it doesn’t apply to drones operated in the US, Canada, or Mexico.
The Department of Agriculture’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) maintains the list of drone laws in the United States, and its drone regulations are listed as follows: For all drones in use, there must be a safety and security component, and no one under 18 may operate or use a drone without supervision or the consent of the person in control.
The drones must have GPS capability, and the operator must have a permit from the FAA.
The FAA has not issued any new regulations for drones since 2013.