A Part 107 drone license, or a remote pilot certificate, is a new requirement implemented by the FAA starting June 2016 for commercial drone pilots. Professional drone photography, drone delivery, and drone land surveys are all examples of commercial drone use.
Part of securing a drone license is taking and passing the Part 107 knowledge test. How exactly do you sign up to take the test? If you’re having some confusion on the process of signing up, then read on for our step-by-step to signing up for your Part 107 knowledge test.
What are the requirements for signing up?
Before even signing up, make sure that you satisfy the most basic requirements for taking the test:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Be able to read, write, speak, and understand English
- Have a valid government-issued ID with your name, photo, birthday, address, and signature
- Be physically and mentally sound to pilot a drone
There is no need to provide a medical certificate to prove your physical and mental state, as it is based only on a self-assessment. If you already have a drone, then it would be better if you will register your drone with the FAA prior to signing up for the Part 107 knowledge test.
Where do I take the test?
You have the option of taking the test in any of the almost 700 testing centers in the United States. You can access a list of FAA-approved testing centers on the FAA website. Choose your preferred testing center from the list, or you can just pick the testing center nearest to where you live.
Who do I contact to sign up for the test?
The Part 107 knowledge test is supervised by only 2 companies: CATS and PSI (formerly LaserGrade). Appointments are made through either one of these companies. Not all testing centers are served by both companies, so you will have to pick one based on the testing center of your choice. To set an appointment, you can either call, email, or use their online request forms. The contact details of each company are listed below:
Computer Assisted Training Service (CATS)
Contact Number: 1-800-947-4428 / (844) 704-1487
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 5:30 AM to 5 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 7AM to 3:30 PM
PSI (formerly LaserGrade)
Contact Number: 1-800-211-2753
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 5AM to 5PM; Saturday 5AM to 2PM
How much is the fee for the test?
You will have to pay a fee of $150.
I have signed up for the test! Now what?
Now the real work starts: you have to study for the test. There are tons of resources out there. The FAA provides a free comprehensive study guide, which is very helpful. There are also dozens of free study guides available online as articles, videos, and podcasts.
If you are truly serious about starting a drone business, then you may opt to take a paid Part 107 training course, such as that offered by Drone Pilot Ground School or DARTDrones. The courses can be quite expensive, but you may consider them investments made towards your future drone business.
When the date of your test arrives, just show up at your testing center at the prescribed time. You may bring a few items with you during the test, such as a calculator and a magnifying glass.
We hope you are on your way towards becoming an FAA-licensed commercial drone pilot. Should you need help in preparation, we have already written detailed articles on how to prepare for the Part 107 knowledge test and have collated online resources that can help. Our best advice is to take studying for the test seriously with dedicated time and focus. Best of luck on your test!