Please ensure that you understand the material on this page before completing your NMFC Application form.

  1. Conditions of Membership

       Amongst other things, the club Constitution and Rules (which you must read) require that all members must:

  1. be members of the BMFA

  2. comply with the requirements of the new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DMARES)

       The two requirements are linked because BMFA membership provides third party insurance cover for lawful model flying activities and flying without
        complying with DMARES is, by definition, unlawful.

  1. Joining the Club

       You join the club by completing the application form and paying a fee for either Junior (under 18) or Senior membership.

       The fee consists of an annual membership fee and a one-off joining fee (50% of the appropriate membership fee).

  1. Joining the BMFA

       You can join the BMFA as an individual by paying for either Junior (under 18) or Senior membership via the BMFA Membership Portal.

       Alternatively, you can join the BMFA through the club - in which case you pay the BMFA membership fee to the club and the club pays for and
       processes your membership for you.

  1. Complying with DMARES

       You can find information relating to DMARES online (see below), but these are the key points:

  1. The legislation covers any 'drone', helicopter or model aircraft (collectively referred to as Small Unmanned Aircraft SUAs) weighing over 250g.

  2. Anyone over the age of 18 who is responsible for one or more SUAs must register as an 'operator' and obtain an Operator ID which must be displayed on all models. There is a Registration (see the application form).

  3. Under 18s are not permitted to be Operators in their own right, but they may fly SUAs belonging to registered operators.

  4. Anyone (regardless of age) flying an SUA is required to prove 'competence' by completing one or more of the following:

-    a free online CAA Test

-    a free online BMFA Test; (for the BMFA Registration Competency Certificate)

-    a recognised BMFA Achievement (e.g a BMFA 'A’ Certificate)

Any of the above provide you with a CAA-issued Flyer ID.

       As with BMFA membership, you can register for DMARES as an individual, or through the club/BMFA -  choose the appropriate option on the form.


Links for further information

BMFA Website                                       

BMFA Membership Portal                     


DMARES registration                              

BMFA Registration Competency Certificate


Version 2.0
May 2023