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Drone Policy Snake River RV Resort

While the use of drones is becoming more popular, we ask that all drone pilots check in with the office before flying over the park. You also must follow all state and federal laws with respect to piloting a drone.

Federal Drone Laws in Idaho

These are drone laws that apply to every state in the U.S., including Idaho, and were created by the federal government.

To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Idaho (i.e. for work / business purposes) you are required to follow the requirements of the FAA’s Part 107 Small UAS Rule (Part 107), which includes passing the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate.

To fly a drone as a hobbyist in the state of Idaho (i.e. for fun / pleasure) you are required by the FAA to take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). You are also required to follow the FAA’s recreational model aircraft rules. One of those rules is that if your drone weighs more than 0.55 lbs (250g), you’ll need to pay $5 to get it registered. There are additional rules when it comes to airspace and altitude, keeping your drone within line-of-sight while you’re flying, and more.

To fly a drone as a government employee in the state of Idaho (i.e., for a police or fire department) you may either operate under the FAA’s Part 107 rule or obtain a federal Certificate of Authorization (COA).

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only, and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel.

State Drone Laws in Idaho

These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Idaho, and were created by the Idaho Legislature.

According to the Idaho Department of Transportation and the Idaho Legislature, Idaho has two state-wide laws concerning the use of drones in the state.

Idaho Code 36-1101

This law prohibits the use of drones for hunting, harassing, locating game animals, game birds, or fur-bearing animals.

Idaho Code 21-213

This law requires warrants for the use of drones by law enforcement, establishes guidelines for their use by private citizens, and provides civil penalties for damage caused by their improper use.

IDAPA 13.01.03

This law prohibits the operation of drones without prior authorization on lands managed by the Idaho Fish and Game (Wildlife Management Areas) except in areas with identified public landing strips. Prior authorization can be granted through a permit, more information on that process can be found here.