FAA Remote Pilot Certifications: here’s the database to search Part 107-certified pilots
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about the FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot database and finding out whether a drone pilot is licensed. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
Does the FAA have a website where you can see if a drone operator has a license to fly commercially?
The short answer is yes, it’s relatively easy to find out if a drone pilot is licensed! You can browse the FAA’s public registry of Part 107-certifed remote pilots here on a webpage called the Airmen Inquiry.
In order to browse the database, you will have to start by submitting information about yourself, including your name and address. From there, you can browse all airmen (okay, how about airwomen?!), whether they are manned or remote pilots. You’ll be able to see each pilot’s certificate and their rating (including that of yours truly). Of course, the FAA does not display some highly personal, more-private details such as Social Security Number, certificate number, or date of birth.
If you’re hiring someone to do commercial drone work for you, the FAA’s Airmen Inquiry page is a great place to check if that drone pilot is actually certified.
As of December 2020, approximately 206,347 Remote Pilot certifications have been issued.
And if you’re a drone owner who flies commercially but is not yet Part 107-certified, save yourself the embarrassment of not showing up in this database by taking the Part 107 test. I promise, it’s not as hard as it may seem, even if you don’t have a background in aviation. (Here’s my guide and video to taking the Part 107 test, which is a 60-question written test that takes up to 2 hours. If you don’t have a background in aviation, you’ll certainly need to devote a few evenings to studying, but it’s not something you can’t do.
Note that not all pilots who have certificates may show up in your database search. Pilots do have 90 days to opt-out of having their address posted so there is a significant lag in posting, and someone’s legal name may not be the name you know then as when you search them.
Looking for study resources to ensure you pass? I used Drone Pilot Ground School and passed on the first try. I’ve also detailed out tons of other recommendations for the best Part 107 online courses here.
Happy flying, and happy test-taking!
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I looked myself up and I was there !! Whew! But it is unfortunate the data base is not searchable by other factors.
Hey there, I’m a photographer who own a drone and I have turn down jobs due to not having a license. Now one of my clients has hired another photographer to do aerial I check his last name and it’s not on the list or registered license holder. Should I report him? It’s worth it ? I think it’s pretty unfair Right??
1. Can you live with yourself if you report the other guy?
2. Can you live with yourself if you don’t report the other guy?
3. Can you live with yourself if you are dishonest and do what he did?
4. What is getting even. Is it money, revenge, or being the unfairness enforcer?
5. What is your time, energy, and focus worth?
6. I’d prefer to go after other customers.
Hi Martin I didn’t register my name here but I’m under the FAA’s list of licensed remote pilots. Just passed the test last month.
I can do aerials for you. I can show you my FAA Id when we meet.
Just a note, pilots will not be in the FAA database if they sent the request to be unlisted. When I was training for part 41, I opted to be unlisted. When I took part 107, I appeared on the database for a few weeks before someone noticed my opt out for manned aircraft… and my listing was removed again.
Just letting you know that not ALL pilots appear in the database, by design. ??