Indiana UAS Laws

Note on Federal vs State Laws:

Federal airspace laws take precedence over state drone laws. If a state or local law directly conflicts with FAA regulations, the state or local law is likely to be invalidated.



Unmanned aerial vehicle” means an aircraft that:

  1. does not carry a human operator; and
  2. is capable of flight under remote control or autonomous programming.

Use of an unmanned aerial vehicle” means the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle by a law enforcement officer to obtain evidence relevant to the enforcement of statutes, rules, or regulations. The term includes:

  1. the interception of wire, electronic, or oral communications; and
  2. the capture, collection, monitoring, or viewing of images.
Statutes/Bills (passed):

Indiana Code 14-22-6-16 - Use of unmanned aerial vehicles to aid hunting

Prohibits use of drones to aid in hunting activity.


Indiana Code 35-31.5-2-342.3


Indiana Code 35-33-5-9 - Unmanned aerial vehicles; search warrant; exceptions

Places limits on law enforcement use of drones; creates an exception that law enforcement may use drones to obtain aerial photographs or recordings of motor vehicle accidents on public streets or highways.


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