Flying a drone in Germany, these are the laws. 

If you have bought or plan to buy a drone, it is wise to first familiarise yourself with the drone laws that apply in Germany. For several years now, the same drone laws have applied across the EU. It is important to know the current drone lwas in Germany to avoid high fines. We would like to inform you about the most important drone laws in Germany. The most important laws and regulations for flying a drone in Germany are listed below.

For most drones, you need the EU Drone Licence. This consists of two parts: the Basic Certificate (A1-A3) and the Supplementary Certificate (A2).

  • Mandatory for drones from 250 grams
  • The drone may fly a maximum height of 120 metres
  • The drone must be flown within direct sight of the pilots
  • You must register yourself as a drone pilot and attach an operator number to your drone
drone A1-A3 EU proof of competence

A1 - A3

Basic certificate

According to drone laws in Germany, the basic certifcate is mandatory when flying a drone. Get the A1-A3 certificate here 

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drone A2 EU certificate of competency

A2

Supplementary certificate

Drone flying in Germany over built-up areas? Then you need the A2 certificate. Read more information about A2.

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EU drone laws

Flying in the EU

Since 2020, the same drone laws will apply across the whole EU. The EU drone certificate is valid in Germany and throughout the EU. 


EASA

European agency

 To fly a drone in Germany, you need a certificate approved by the EASA. We are recognised  as a flight school (NL-RTF-505/2) and designated entity UAS (2020-66581). 

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the basic drone laws in Germany?

    The basic drone laws for flying in the open category in Germany the EU and EASA member states: a maximum flight altitude of 120 metres, always flying visual line of sight and keep the drone away from no-fly zones and not-involved persons.

  • Do I need an EU Drone certificate to comply with German drone laws?

    If you want to fly a drone over 250g in Germany, you are required by the German drone laws to obtain an EU drone certificate. 

  • Do I need a registration number to comply with German drone laws?

    Before you fly a drone in Germany, you need to register yourself, this also applies to drones under 250 grams with a camera. 

    Tourists must register in the country where you will be flying first. 

Are drones allowed in Germany?

Drones are allowed in Germany, under the condition that the drone flight is conducted according to the laws and regulations of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 and Commission and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947. You must adhere to the drone rules in Germany when drone flying. 

What drone laws apply to drones in Germany?

Listed below are the main general drone laws and regulations in Germany.
Required documents for flying a drone in Germany:

  • The drone pilot is in possession of a registration number
  • The drone pilot holds a certificate of completion of the theoretical exam (EU Drone Licence)

Maximum distance and height for flying a drone in Germany:

  • In the open category, drones may be flown up to a maximum height of 120 metres
  • The drone must be flown in direct sight of the pilot, the distance between the pilot and the drone must not exceed 500 metres
  • Avoid flying near airports
  • It is not allowed to fly a drone at night
  • A drone should not be flown over military areas

Which certificate (A1-A3, A2) do I need according to the drone laws in Germany?

 According to drone laws in Germany, you need an EU Drone Certificate before flying a drone. The EU Drone Licence has two certificates: the basic certificate and the supplementary certificate. A1-A3 is the basic certificate. If you want to fly a drone in Germany, you need to obtain this certificate from 250 grams. A2 is the supplementary certificate. This certificate allows you to fly slightly heavier aircraft in residential areas, for example.

The main differences between the two certificates are explained below.

Certificate A1-A3

  • This is the basic certificate
  • Mandatory for drones from 250 grams to 25 kilos
  • Up to 500 grams, you can fly freely where permitted
  • From 2 kilos, keep a minimum distance of 150 metres from buildings

Certificate A2

  • This is the supplementary certificate
  • Optional for drones from 500 grams to 2 kilos
  • Keep 50 metres distance from uninvolved persons
  • It is allowed to fly above buildings
  • If you want to progress to the specific category, you need both certificates. So you always start learning in the open category!