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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Caltrans Division of Aeronautics has created this portal to provide relevant and timely information on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations on the State’s highway system or for Caltrans business.

A UAS ("drone") is any unmanned aircraft and all of the associated support equipment (remote control, communication equipment, data link, etc…) necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft.

UAS Package Delivery
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Federal Aviation Administration UAS Resources

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS website provides information on the operations of UAS including registration, Certificate of Authorization (COA), Section 333 Exemption, Special Air Worthiness Certificate, and operator requirements.

UAS Regulations and Policies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the sole regulatory authority over the National Airspace System. FAA jurisdiction over UAS operations was set forth by the FAA MODERNIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012 (PDF)

Federal Regulations, Fact Sheets, and Best Practices

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Federal UAS Informational Links

Division of Aeronautics UAS Contact Information

Questions may be directed to:

California Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics, Mail Stop 40
Office of Technical Services and Programs
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Phone: (916) 654-3775
Email: UAS@dot.ca.gov


Statewide Alerts and Other Information

Contact Information

Physical Address:

Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
1120 N Street, Room 300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
MS 40
P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Shipping Address:

Department of Transportation
1415 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:

Phone: 916-654-4959
Fax: 916-653-9531
Email: Aeronautics@dot.ca.gov

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