For the last few years, you've been able to buy and fly a drone in the UK anonymously. You just had to obey the rules of the UK Dronecode and fly only where you were allowed.

Now, though, the UK government wants to increase safety and mitigate risks by bringing in drone registration and safety tests. So far there hasn't been a significant incident involving a drone, but the latest report shows that drones weighing more than 250 grams " can present a risk to helicopters".

This covers pretty much all drones except very small "toy" models which are primarily intended to be used indoors.

There have also been numerous instances of drones being used to smuggle drugs into prisons, so the other part of the plan is to increase the no-fly zones around prisons as well as other sensitive areas including airports and military bases.

UK drone registration + safety tests

Do I have to register a drone in the UK?

Right now, no. There is no set date for when registration will come into force and the finer details of the plan have yet to be decided.

There's no word yet on whether this process will be free or not, but it could be possible to register online or through apps.

Drone maker DJI is in favour of registration and already builds geo-fencing into its apps to prevent its drones - including the new Spark - straying into no-fly zones or taking off within them.

If you want to fly a drone for commercial purposes (which includes things such as creating wedding videos for which you're paid) then you will need permission from the CAA. This isn't a licence as such, but it will still cost you to take a training course, such as this one provided by Heliguy. 

Check out our list of the best drones.

What are the safety tests?

Again, there is nothing set in stone yet. The test could be conducted online and would cover the rules and regulations of drone flying in the UK. The aim is to prove that owners understand the dronecode and privacy regulations.

As and when there is more information, we will update this article.