- Recent changes to state laws
- Upcoming changes (changes that are passed but not yet in place)
- Current state laws (including references and sources where I have them)
- Changes being proposed, discussed or just rumored
- Other information
- Any state agencies you should know about
We have also included additional resources at the bottom of the page. These include links to other sites, podcasts and other resources related to drone law and where it is today. If you know of any more, please let us know.
While each state differs, we have noticed a few patterns in our research. Think about these as you plan your flights.
- Specific drone rules are rare. In some cases, it’s difficult to tell where the federal rules end, allowing the states some ability to pass rules. Therefore, even in states with drone specific rules, there might be confusion. In general, if the federal government has rules for something then they trump the state rules. State rules apply on top of the federal rules, usually.
- In most states, general rules like privacy, trespassing, reckless endangerment apply whether you are in a drone, your car or your backyard.
- Most states have an aviation division of the department of transportation. That can be a good source for information.
Other Drone Requirements
State Drone Laws
Additional Drone Law Resources
Drone Law Today
This is great drone law information by attorney Steve Hogan where he interviews current players in drone law throughout the country. He provides an attorney’s perspective with a lot of information on the current state of drone laws, practical information and where things are headed. Included is the Drone Law podcast. He has also written a couple of books on drone laws that are available on his site. This includes a book specifically on State Drone Laws. It’s a great resource from a very knowledgeable source.
J Rupprecht Law
Jonathon Rupprecht is another aviation attorney and pilot. He is a prolific writer of a number of great resources including an FAR 107 Study Guide, an early book on US Drone law (which, we hear he is updating now), a drone specific logbook and a number of resources on his site on current events in drone law. His site is a great legal resource and worth watching.