Drone Laws in Kansas (2023)

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

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Federal Drone Laws in Kansas

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

To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Kansas (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 Kansas (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 Kansas (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 Kansas

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

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Legislature, Kansas has one state-wide law concerning the use of drones in the state.

SB 319 // 2016

This law expands the definition of harassment in the state’s Protection from Stalking Act to include certain uses of drones.

All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Kansas 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 Kansas? 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 Kansas can change throughout the year, and changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Local Drone Laws in Kansas

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

City of Wichita—Municipal Law // 2016

This city ordinance prohibits the use of drones on or near airport property.

City of Prairie Village // 2019

This city ordinance prohibits drones from flying near people, over large events, or over private property without prior permission.

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

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