Drone Laws in Montana (2020)
A list of drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Montana.
Montana Drone Regulations
Federal Drone Laws in Montana
These are drone laws that apply to every state in the U.S., including Montana, and were created by the federal government.
To fly a drone as a commercial pilot in the state of Montana (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 Montana (i.e. for fun / pleasure) you are 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 over here. And 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 Montana (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 Montana
These are drone laws that apply to the entire state of Montana, and were created by the Montana Legislature.
This law prohibits using UAS to interfere with wildfire suppression efforts. Anyone who violates this prohibition is liable for the amount of money equivalent to the costs of their interference. This law also prohibits local governments from enacting an ordinance addressing the use of UAS in relation to a wildfire.
This law limits when information gained from the use of UAS may be admitted as evidence in any prosecution or proceeding within the state as only information that was obtained with a search warrant, or through a judicially recognized exception to search warrants.
All drone pilots operating commercially in the state of Montana 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 Montana? 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 Montana can change throughout the year, and changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.
Why fly a drone in Montana? To get great shots like these!
Local Drone Laws in Montana
These are drone laws that apply only to certain regions, cities, or counties within the state of Montana, 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 Montana. If you know of one that should be listed here, please shoot us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com.
Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Montana
UAV Coach offers in-person training in select cities in Montana. The 2-hour, in-person training class provides hands-on flight time with an instructor, practice with intelligent flight modes, and education on what to do before, during, and after a flight mission to stay compliant and safe. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask your questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.
Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Montana? Here you go: