Registering Your Drone with CASA: A Step-by-Step Guide for Australian Drone Enthusiasts
As a responsible drone pilot in Australia, it’s essential to comply with the regulations set forth by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). One important requirement is to register your drone with CASA to ensure safe and responsible drone operations. In this blog post, we will provide a detailed step-by-step guide on how to register your drone through the myCASA platform.
Step 1: Sign in or Create a myCASA Account:
To begin the registration process, visit the CASA website and sign in to your myCASA account. If you don’t have an account yet, create one by following the provided instructions. For existing users, you can use your digital identity to log in.
Step 2: Link or Apply for an Aviation Reference Number (ARN):
Link your existing Aviation Reference Number (ARN) to your myCASA account. If you don’t have an ARN, apply for a new one as instructed on the website. If you are operating on behalf of a business, you will also need an organization ARN.
Step 3: Provide Proof of Identity:
CASA requires proof of identity for drone registration. Follow the instructions provided on the website to provide the necessary documentation.
Step 4: Select Account Type and Drone Registration:
Choose the appropriate account type, either Individual or Organization, to register your drone. Proceed with the drone registration process.
Step 5: Begin Drone Registration:
Start the drone registration process by following the prompts on the myCASA platform.
Step 6: Select Manufacturer and Model:
Select your drone’s manufacturer from the provided list. If your manufacturer and model are not listed, choose “Other Manufacturer” or “Home Built” and provide the necessary details, including manufacturer name, model name, drone category, and weight.
Step 7: Enter Drone’s Unique Serial Number:
Locate your drone’s unique serial number. It can be found inside the battery compartment, on the warranty card, packaging, or associated apps. Enter the serial number as required.
Step 8: Declare Overseas Registration (if applicable):
If your drone is already registered overseas, indicate this during the registration process.
Step 9: Review and Add Additional Drones:
Review the summary of the registration details provided. If you have more than one drone to register, select “Add Drone” and repeat the previous steps for each additional drone.
Step 10: Read and Accept the Declaration:
Carefully read the declaration presented on the myCASA platform and accept it to proceed with the registration process.
Step 11: Complete Payment Details:
Provide the necessary payment details as instructed to complete the drone registration process. Fees may apply, and the payment methods will be clearly outlined on the website.
Step 12: Success!:
Upon successful completion of the registration process and payment, you will receive confirmation of your drone’s registration. Keep this confirmation as proof of registration.
Registering your drone with CASA is an important step in promoting safe and responsible drone operations in Australia. By following the step-by-step guide provided above, you can easily navigate the myCASA platform and ensure compliance with the registration requirements. Remember to always abide by CASA’s rules and regulations to enjoy a safe and enjoyable drone-flying experience. For more detailed information, visit the CASA website and explore the resources available to drone enthusiasts.
If you fly a drone, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), for business or use one as part of your job, as of 28 July 2021 there will be a drone registration levy.
- This applies to commercially operated drones more than 500 grams.
- Commercially operated drones weighing 500 grams or less, will still require annual registration but there will continue to be no charge.
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