Drones and Personal Security

by Be Aware Living Admin on May 26, 2021

Have you ever watched a drone flying over your property and thought to yourself, how could this be legal?! It should not come as a surprise that drones, which were once considered merely fiction, are now a major concern to security. In most instances, using a drone is legal, however, there are certain federal and state laws and regulations which stipulate rules for operating drones. This is the case whether the drone is being used for a recreational purpose as a toy or for a commercial purpose in business. 

The following is a few of the dos and don'ts relating to drones:


  • Register with the FAA and fulfill any special requirements, including an FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test – also known as a Part 107, if necessary.
  • Carry proof of registration.
  • Make sure the drone is flown consistent within the minimum and maximum height requirements, as required by law.
  • Keep up with changes in law, which may occur from time to time.


  • Fly a drone over areas where large groups gather (such as sports stadiums, concerts, etc.).
  • Stalk anyone using a drone.
  • Operate a drone when intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • Use a drone for surveillance in violation of another person's expectation of privacy.
  • Enter airspace to record another person in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person.
  • Shoot at or try to destruct another person's drone.

It is important to understand the rules applicable to drones whether you are a drone operator or a bystander. Drone operators should be aware of the above dos and don'ts and legal considerations concerning drones to not inadvertently break any laws (remembering that ignorance of the law is not a legal defense). Knowing the laws relating to drones can also assist bystanders from becoming unsuspecting victims of a breach of their personal security. 

Yelena Sverdlova, Esq. LL.M., Founding Attorney
Capital Planning Law, PLLC
Telephone: (754) 444-1442
Website: www.CapitalPlanningLaw.com