How to Get a Drone License in Florida (Explained for Beginners)
How to Get a Drone License in Florida (Explained for Beginners)

Over the past year and a half, the drone world has had an influx of great and easily accessible drones released. DJI has released the Mini 2, Air 2S, Mini 3 Pro, and pro-level Mavic 3, as well as Autel releasing the Lite and Nano series.

With this influx of new drones hitting the market has come an ever-increasing interest in drones, with many first-time drone operators joining the community.

If you live in the State of Florida like me, you might be wondering how to get a drone license in Florida. We will discuss how to get the needed drone paperwork in Florida for recreational flyers as well as commercial drone operators.


Before we discuss the “licenses” needed when flying your drone in Florida, it needs to be understood that there is no Florida-specific drone license. When referring to licenses for flying drones, these would be the certificates needed on the national level to fly your drone, meaning the certificates that are required and recognized in all 50 states in the US.

The 2 major certificates nationally recognized for flying drones are the TRUST certificate for recreational flyers and the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (often mistakenly referred to as a “drone license”) for commercial flyers.

We will be discussing how to acquire these certificates as well as their individual use cases.

TRUST Certificate

As of June 22, 2021, the TRUST certificate is required by the FAA for ALL drone operators, who are flying recreationally, to carry with them on their person.

TRUST (also known as the Recreational UAS Safety Test) is a required test for all individuals who fly drones recreationally. In view of the rise of drone popularity, the TRUST test has been put in place to ensure that any individual who flies a drone is aware of flying their drone(s) safely and has practical knowledge of the regulatory measures that have been implemented over the past few years by the FAA.

As mentioned previously, this is a nationwide requirement. Whether you are flying your drone in Hawaii, Minnesota, or Florida, you must have passed the TRUST exam and have the TRUST certificate on you, every time you are flying recreationally.

Steps to take the TRUST exam and Receive your Certificate

I am a Part 107 Remote Pilot (for a few years) and likewise, I had to take the TRUST exam, since I also fly recreationally. This is a point of contention and confusion among many Part 107 holders, as virtually all of the information covered in the test is something 107 Pilots have previously been tested on and passed. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.

The TRUST exam process is a collaboration between the FAA and Drone Industry leaders, and as such there are various FAA-approved testing administrators that can be found online.

One of the more popular options can be found through Pilot Institute, which has a wealth of Drone related content, knowledge, and test prep courses.

» MORE: You can find more information about Pilot Institute here

I not only took my TRUST exam through Pilot Institute, but I also took and passed my Part 107 exam using their Remote Pilot course. More on this later.

Unlike other exams to procure certificates, the TRUST exam is absolutely free of charge. If you happen to come across any facility charging an exam fee, it is advised to look into another testing administrator, as you should never have to pay anything. You will be required to create an account (which auto deletes after your certificate is distributed).

In order to receive your certificate, the exam must be passed with 100% (all answers need to be correct). However, unlike many exams, the TRUST exam has correctable answers. Yes, you read that right. You can correct your answers if they are wrong. This makes passing the exam very easy to do.

The exam, which is tailored to new drone operators, has various reading materials included and 4 quizzes. The entire exam can be taken in just about 30 minutes. If you are familiar with drones and/or have taken your Part 107 exam, the test can be completed in a matter of a few minutes.

Immediately upon finishing and passing the exam, it is advisable to download and print the certificate. This is essential as mentioned prior, your account is deleted and the testing facilities do not keep your information. If for some reason you forget to download or print your certificate, you will need to create a new account and take the exam over again. Also, if you lose your certificate, you will need to create a new account and retake the exam.

Important: It is required that you keep your TRUST certificate on you at all times when flying your drone, as law enforcement officers now have the right to ask to see your certificate.

Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate

Like the TRUST Certificate, the Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate is nationally recognized and not just issued for the state of Florida or whatever state one lives in. Unlike the TRUST certificate, Part 107 is for those that fly in a commercial capacity or those that are using their drones for the furtherance of business.

When it comes to drones, using drone footage for the furtherance of business would be using stills or video of a particular drone flight for commercial marketing purposes or posting to a commercial website to drive business for profit. Basically, using drone footage to make money somehow, shape, or fashion.

Industry Fields That Require a Part 107 Certificate

If you are interested in becoming a Commercial Drone Operator, below are just a few of the many fields you can use the Part 107 Certificate:

  • Real Estate
  • Construction Progression
  • Roof Inspection
  • Solar/Thermal Inspection
  • Power Line Inspection
  • Structural Inspection
  • Cell Tower and Equipment Inspection
  • Mapping
  • Agricultural Surveying
  • Search and Rescue

Steps to Becoming a Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot

In order to start the process, there is a major requirement that must be met. Namely, just like with a driver’s license in the US, you have to be 16 years of age or older to obtain your Part 107.

Aside from being 16 years of age, future certificate holders must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.

Lastly, one would also need to be able to physically fly a drone, in a safe manner, heeding all regulations related to flying said drone.

Once you have decided you want to become a Part 107 Remote Pilot and are at least 16 years old, the next step would be setting up an IACRA Profile (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application) prior to scheduling any testing.

Per the FAA, IACRA is a web-based certification application that guides those who would like to be future Part 107 Certificate holders through the FAA’s application process online. Once you are signed up you will be able to access all applicable forms, and pilot information, and print out related certificates.


There will be some who will say all you need to do is watch a random 1-2 hour Part 107 Study Guide video on YouTube and you are all set to pass the exam. That might work for some, but every single Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot I have spoken to or worked with, would agree that real, in-depth studying is the key to success.

There are many reputable Part 107 study courses, guides, and books available online, and we at Droneblog even have an updated Top 10 Best Part 107 Online Test Prep Courses (for 2022). I personally would suggest that if you are looking to become Part 107 Certified for a business venture or career, it does well to invest in yourself and handle studying as if it was a college course.

One of the things I had heard about quite often was that if you regularly take the practice exams and consistently pass them with an 85% or above, you should pass the real FAA exam. A score of 75% is required to pass the exam. I took the Pilot Institutes course and they provide practice exams, which are very helpful in the overall study process and aided me in passing with flying colors.


Below is a word-for-word listing, right from the FAA’s website, of the many topics and subjects that are covered in the exam:

  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  • Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
  • Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  • Airport operations
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
  • Operation at night


After you have studied everything there is to know about the above subjects and have a good feel for the practice exams, it’ll be time to schedule an appointment with an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center.

The process is fairly painless and quick. Once you have scheduled your appointment you will receive all the needed instructions related to taking the exam, such as when to be on-site, what items are permitted in the testing facility, etc.

Note: When you have passed the exam and received your Part 107 Certificate (the look and size of a driver’s license), it is valid for 2 years. You will need to take a currently free, online recurrent course, and exam when the certificate expires.


As can be seen, it is very easy to get a certificate (TRUST) to fly your drone, whether in Florida or in another state. Just remember, it is now mandatory to have said TRUST Certificate when out and about flying recreationally.

If you are ready to take your flying to the next level and get paid to do so, getting your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate would be the next step and achievable as well.

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Wingcopter wins Latin-American business aviation specialist SYNERJET as new investor – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter has secured its next investment. The capital influx comes from SYNERJET Corp, a leading business aviation specialist in Latin America, with operations in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Panama, and Guatemala. The new funding follows recently announced investments from Japan-based DRONE FUND as well as UBER co-founder Garrett Camp’s Expa.

SYNERJET has made the investment shortly after joining Wingcopter’s Authorized Partner Program (WAPP), which allows companies to act as a distributor and local technical support provider for Wingcopter 198. As an Authorized Partner, SYNERJET wants to target drone operators, logistics companies, and providers in the healthcare industry. For Wingcopter, the partnership represents an important gateway to the Latin American market and is a major milestone in its global expansion plans. The company will benefit from SYNERJET’s in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework as well as its strong relationships and experience with local civil aviation authorities.

SYNERJET joins existing investors DRONE FUND, Expa, Xplorer Capital, Futury Capital, Hessen Kapital III, and Corecam Capital Partners in the run-up of Wingcopter’s Series B investment round in 2022.

“We would like to thank SYNERJET’s CEO José Brandão and the whole team for their trust in Wingcopter. Making this investment right after becoming our first Authorized Partner in Latin America shows that they understand the huge potential of what we are creating here at Wingcopter. The region offers enormous growth opportunities for both companies and we look forward to scaling across the continent together”, comments Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter.

José Eduardo Brandão, CEO of SYNERJET, adds: “SYNERJET is very proud to be a Wingcopter Authorized Partner and new investor in Wingcopter. It demonstrates our commitment to the UAM industry, serving our customers in Latin America, and stresses the trust we have in Tom Plümmer and his great team of professionals. SYNERJET is absolutely convinced of Wingcopter’s purpose-driven approach and dedication to make a positive impact in this world for years to come.”

About Wingcopter

Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer and service provider of eVTOL, fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people worldwide through impactful commercial and humanitarian applications. The startup is focused on optimizing medical supply chains. In the future, Wingcopter will also deliver packages, tools and spare parts, as well as food and groceries. Thanks to its patented tilt-rotor mechanism, Wingcopter can take off and land vertically like a multicopter, while flying long distances as efficiently and quickly as a fixed-wing aircraft, even in rain and wind.

In 2020, Wingcopter was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Wingcopter’s investors include Xplorer Capital, Futury Regio Growth Fund, Futury Ventures, Hessen Kapital III, and Corecam Capital Partners.


SYNERJET CORP is a privately held Latin American aviation company, headquartered in Brazil, with main offices in Panama and Colombia, primarily selling and servicing business aircraft. SYNERJET CORP is the exclusive distributor for PILATUS AIRCRAFT in Latin America and CIRRUS AIRCRAFT in northern South America and Central America, also representing JETCRAFT in South America, besides being an avionics Premium Dealer for HONEYWELL and ENERCRAFT distributor in Brazil. The company also owns service centers in Brazil and Colombia and appointed satellite centers in Chile and Guatemala.

SYNERJET was established in 2002 and has represented the most important airplane and helicopter OEM’s in multiple countries since its foundation.