Drone rules: Do you need to register your drone? Where can you fly it legally in USA, UK and beyond?

Drone rules in UK, USA and Canada
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The recent launch of the DJI Mini 2 has highlighted the biggest growth area in drones: lightweight. The Mavic Mini and Mini 2 are designed to weigh below the 250g (0.55lb) weight beyond which you’ll need official registration in the USA and Canada, but that isn’t enough to keep the British cops away.

DJI Mavic Mini avoids need for registration as weighs under 250g (Image credit: DJI)
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Header Cell - Column 0 USAUKCanada
RangeVLoS500m / 0.31 miles (and visual)VLoS
Ceiling120m / 400ft 120m / 400ft 120m/400ft
Bystander distanceNot specificOver - 150m (Depends on weight)30m
Registration weight250g-25Kg250g-20Kg250g-25Kg
Registration fee$5 / 3 years£9 / year$5
Registration siteFAA Drone ZoneCivil Aviation AuthorityTransport Canada

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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