CAA Drone & Model Aircraft Legislation


The UK CAA Drone & Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DMARES)

Just a reminder to everyone that it is already a legal requirement in the UK to register with the CAA and display your Operator ID in the model if you fly model aircraft above 250 grms unless it is a Control Line model, which are largely exempt.

You can either register directly with the CAA or through the BMFA, with the preference being via the BMFA. Either way it is the individual’s responsibility to complete this registration to be legally compliant. Guidelines on the legislation and how to register and take the necessary Registry Competency Certificate (RCC) test can be found at the following BMFA link

SAM35 recommends that you take a look at your membership record on the BMFA membership portal  and ensure that the email address the BMFA hold against your membership record is correct. If you are unsure of how to get your email details changed on the BMFA membership portal or have any other queries on the legislation please get in touch with the BMFA in the usual way by either calling 0116 244 0028 or emailing

The process of testing and registration is straightforward. If you find the guidance confusing and are unsure what you have to do, phone your Chairman Ian Lever who will do his best to help. 01706875875