From 31 December 2020, new European rules apply to the operation of drones, (also known as 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' - UAV - or 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems' - UAS).
These rules provide for 3 categories depending on the operational risk:
Any natural or legal person wishing to operate UASs in the 'OPEN' or 'SPECIFIC' categories must register as an operator with the Directorate of Civil Aviation (Direction de l’Aviation Civile – DAC).
This procedure is for registering as an operator only (not registering UASs themselves).
Persons eligible to register as a UAS operator fall into 3 standard categories:
As of 31 December 2020, natural and legal persons must register on MyGuichet.lu if they wish to operate:
Registration is not required for the operation of:
Natural persons must register themselves, and have a means of authenticating their identity on MyGuichet.lu. The registration system does not allow third-party registration.
Legal persons must be registered by a legal representative possessing a means of authenticating their identity on MyGuichet.lu.
Registering as a UAS operator is free of charge.
If the applicant is either a natural or legal person, the application can be filed with the DAC:
If the applicant is an administrative body, the application must be signed by the head of that administrative body, or by their delegated representative.
After entering some basic information in the MyGuichet.lu system, the applicant must select one of several application types:
If the online procedure is successfully completed, the registration certificate will be issued in real time and will appear in the 'Messages' tab soon after the application is submitted.
The processing time for hard-copy applications is 15 working days.
The UAS operator registration certificate shows an operator registration number.
It also shows an identification string, which must be entered in the in the UAS system, if that system supports remote identification. These elements are used to identify the operator.
The registration certificate is valid for one year. As such, the procedure must be repeated each year for the registration number to remain valid.
The operator must visibly display the UAS operator number (without the secret 3-letter code) on each UAS that they operate. The number may be printed or handwritten.
The registration certificate shows an identification string, which must be entered in the in the UAS system, if that system supports remote identification. These elements are used to identify the operator.
Register/Manage a UAS operator - Natural Persons (at least 16 years of age)
Enregistrement/Gestion d'un exploitant d'UAS - Personne physique (au moins 16 ans)
Registrierung/Verwaltung eines UAS-Betreibers - Natürliche Person (mindestens 16 Jahre alt)