Drone Laws in Indiana (2018)

A list of drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Indiana.

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Federal Drone Laws in Indiana

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

To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Indiana (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 Indiana (i.e. for fun / pleasure) you are required to register your drone with the FAA and follow the FAA’s Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

To fly a drone as a government employee in the state of Indiana (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 Indiana

These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Indiana, and were created by the Indiana General Assembly.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana has five state-wide laws concerning the use of drones in the state.

SB 299 // 2017

This law creates new criminal offenses related to the use of drones, which include:

  • The “sex offender unmanned aerial vehicle offense” occurs when a sex offender uses a UAV to follow, contact, or capture images or recordings of someone and the sex offender is subject to conditions that prohibit them from doing so.
  • The “public safety remote aerial interference offense” occurs when someone operates a UAV in a way that is intended to obstruct or interfere with a public safety official in the course of their duties.

All offenses created by this law are class A misdemeanors. However, if the guilty party has a prior conviction under the same section, it becomes a level 6 felony.

HB 1013 // 2016

This law allows the use of drones to photograph or take video of a traffic crash site.

HB 1246 // 2016

This law prohibits the use of UAS to scout game during hunting season.

HB 1009 // 2014

This law creates warrant requirements and exceptions for the police use of drones and real time geo-location tracking devices. This law also creates the crime of “Unlawful Photography and Surveillance on Private Property,” making it a Class A misdemeanor, defined as knowingly and intentionally conducting electronic surveillance of the private property of another without permission.

IAC 312 8-2-8 (i) // 2018

This law prohibits the use of drones on Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property such as state parks, natural and recreational areas. Licenses to launch and film may occasionally be granted by DNR or by specific DNR divisions.

All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Indiana are subject to the FAA’s Part 107 rules. Learn more about the FAA’s certification process to obtain a commercial drone license in this free guide.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Indiana? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. We do our best to keep this list up-to-date, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how municipal governments are responding, drone regulations in Indiana can change throughout the year, and changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

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Why fly a drone in Indiana? To get great shots like these!

Local Drone Laws in Indiana

These are drone laws that apply only to certain regions, cities, or counties within the state of Indiana, and were created by various authorities within the state.

Our team wasn’t able to pin down any local drone laws in the state of Indiana. If you know of one that should be listed here, please shoot us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Indiana? Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBp2-HKFu2A