New European rules for drones

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 31 December 2020

What changes?

Do you fly drones? New European rules for drones have come into force.

  • All drone operators must register (with the exception of toy drones weighing less than 250 grams and that have no camera).
  • Drone operators (remote pilots) flying drones that weigh more than 250 grams must complete a training. On completing the training they will get a European drone certificate. This certificate is valid in other EU countries as well.
  • There will be nor more distinction in recreational and professional drone flights. Instead there will be a system in which 3 categories are specified (Open, Specific and Certified). The category is based on the risk of the flight. This risk is determined by the weight of the drone and the location of the flight. Depending on the flight category a remote pilot may need certain permits or certificates.

Commercial drone pilots can still use their ROC certificate or ROC-light licence for 1 year after the the implementation of the new rules on 31 December 2020. They must however, be registered in the new European drone register on 31 December 2020.

For whom?

  • commercial drone pilots
  • traders of drones
  • manufacturers of drones


The European drone regulation has come into force on 31 December 2020.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO