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How to use DIPS-REG (drone registration system): How to get registration ID

In Japan, Drones with a takeoff weight of 100g (0.22lb) or more, including batteries, must be registered in "DIPS-REG (drone / UAV registration system)" operated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) to obtain "registration ID" and indicate it on the aircraft. This system came into effect on June 20, 2022.

What is the registration system for unmanned aerial vehicles?

This system was established in November 2021 by MLIT Japan to keep track of owner information of unmanned aerial vehicles. All procedures are completed online from DIPS-REG (drone registration system) (MLIT) operated by MLIT. Registration in English is also possible.
Registration must be done for each drone aircraft (multiple applications can be made at the same time), and must be indicate "registration ID" on the aircraft obtained by registration. The target is all unmanned aerial vehicles that weigh 100g or more including battery (excluding weight of removable accessories other than battery). However, registration is not required when flying only indoors. This system came into effect on June 20, 2022. Registration is already available from December 20, 2021.

Validity period


The validity period is 3 years from new registration, and if you want to use the drone after that, you need to complete renewal procedure. If you renew from one month before the expiration date to the expiration date, expiration date will be extended by 3 years. If you renew earlier than this, it will be treated as a "change" and expiration date will be 3 years from that renewal date.

Registration fee


The fee required for registration varies depending on the method of identity verification, 900 yen (about USD8.00) when using "Individual Number Card (for Japanese citizen)" online (890 yen after the second aircraft), and 1,450 yen (about USD13.00) when using "driver's license" or "passport" online (1,050 yen after the second aircraft), and 2,400 yen (about USD21.00) by "mailing documents" (2,000 yen after the second aircraft). You can pay by credit card, ATM, or online banking. The fee is the same for new registrations and renewals.
In addition, the "after the second aircraft" charges apply only when multiple aircraft are registered at the same time in one application. Even if the owner is the same, if you apply in two batches, both will be treated as the "first aircraft".
However, non-Japanese citizens can only use a "passport" for identity verification, and only a credit cards can be used for payment on the English web site.

Information required for registration


Registration requires information such as owner's name, reading (phonetic spelling of name), address, date of birth, phone number, email address, as well as drone manufacturer's name, UA model(product name), and serial number. For self-made aircraft or those that do not have a serial number, such as FPV drones / racing drones , you will also need to enter aircraft weight, maximum takeoff weight, dimensions, and aircraft image.
For self-made products, manufacturer name, product name, and serial number can be set by the applicant (owner). For example, material provided by MLIT (Japanese PDF) give following examples. The manufacturer name shall be the name of the person who made or set up, the UA model shall be the manufacturer's surname + number, and the serial number shall be the manufacturer's initials 2 letters + year of manufacture + alphanumericals. The serial number must be within 20 digits of the combination of uppercase letters and numbers.
How to check the serial number of DJI product
For DJI drones that use (DJI Fly) app, turn on the drone, open settings screen, and look at [About]-[Aircraft SN] field to check.

Install remote ID function


Aircraft registered in "DIPS-REG (drone registration system)" after June 20, 2022 are required to be equipped with remote ID function (a function to wirelessly broadcast registration ID, etc. to the surroundings). The flight method will be restricted without remote ID function. In other words, it is only permitted to fly over the area notified to MLIT after taking necessary measures, or to fly while moored on the ground with a wire.
However, aircraft registered by June 19, 2022 was exempt from installing this remote ID function. The above restrictions do not occur.

How to indicate "registration ID"


registration ID sticker affixed to the side of DJI Mini 2 body
Regarding the method of indicate "registration ID", use durable method with non-decorative Arabic numerals or Roman letters on the surface of the part of aircraft's body that cannot be easily removed, in a place that can be easily confirmed from the outside, must be displayed clearly. You can indicate it by any method such as sticking a printed sticker, writing with an oil-based pen, painting with a spray, engraving, etc. The size of the characters must be 3 mm or more in height (for drones with a takeoff weight of less than 25 kg).

Related information


Information on these registrations is detailed in Unmanned aerial vehicle registration procedure (Japanese PDF:MLIT) e.t.c. . But unfortunately, English documentations are poorly maintained.
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Overview of registration procedure

All registration procedures are completed online. Do it in the following order.
  • Get an account for the DIPS-REG (drone registration system). Register owner information here.
  • Log in to the DIPS-REG and complete the new drone registration procedure. Register identity verification information, owner information, aircraft information, and user information. The initial values of owner information and user information are copied from the account information.
  • Pay the registration fee. With credit card, this can be done online from the DIPS-REG.
  • When the examination is over, you will receive an email, so check your "registration ID". This is also confirmed from the DIPS-REG.
After that, you will be ready to fly by indicating given "registration ID" on your aircraft. The specific procedure for these is shown below.

Manufacturer name can be specified as "Manufactured UA"

As of February 2022, manufacturer names that can be specified as "Manufactured UA" are as follows. If you want to register products from other manufacturers, you need to register them as "Amature-Buil UA/Others" .
ACSL Ltd. , Aero G Lab , Aero Japan Corporation , Aerosense Inc. , AileLinX,inc. , Autel Robotics , Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. , DENSO Corporation , DJI , DJI/KUBOTA Corporation , DJI/TOPCON , Drone shop URANIA , DroneWorkSystem Co.,Ltd. , EAMS ROBOTICS CO LTD , FLIGHTS Inc. , Freefly Systems , G-Force Inc , GoPro Inc , IRAP , KYOSHO Corporation , Maruyama , Mazex Co.,Ltd. , NTT e-Drone Technology , Nileworks , PRODRONE , PowerVision , ROBOTIX JAPAN Co.,Ltd. , Skydio Inc. , SkymatiX Inc. , Sony Group Corporation , SpiralTech Co.,Ltd. , TEAD CO.,LTD. , Teledyne FLIR , Thunder TIGER Corp. , Toko Tekko Co.,LTD. , TokyoDronePlus , XAG CO.,LTD. , YOSHIMURA.WORKS , Yamaha Motor Co.,Ltd , enRoute Co.,Ltd. ,

Get an account for DIPS-REG

If you don't have an account for DIPS-REG yet, get one first.
Open DIPS-REG (MLIT) . Then you will see a screen like this.
Click "Open an individual account".
First of all, you will be asked to confirm the terms of use and the rules of flights of unmanned aerial vehicles. Please scroll the screen to check the contents.
Scroll through both windows to see the terms of use and the rules for flying unmanned aerial vehicles. Then check two checkboxes in this figure and click "Next". You cannot check checkboxes unless you scroll windows to the end and click "Flight rules of UAs (UAs, radio-controlled UAs, etc.) in the Civil Aeronautics Act".
Next, the basic information input screen is displayed.
Click "i" mark on each item to display the details of the input method. Please refer to this explanation when entering.
Contact phone number and email address must be from a mobile device that you can contact while flying the drone.
Password created here will be required when logging in to DIPS-REG in the future. Please do not forget.
Unfortunately, in the "Reading" field, you need to enter the pronunciation of your name in Japanese KATAKANA. Please refer to this page and enter it.
How to get KATAKANA readings
Name Steve Jobs
Convert to Roman letters representing readings
(combinations of consonants and vowels)
su te i bu jyo bu su
Convert from Roman letters to KATAKANA ジョ
Next is the confirmation screen of the input contents. If there are no problems, click "Open".
When you see a screen like this, your account registration is complete.
Then, an email with the title "Notification of the completion of the opening of your account" will be sent to the registered email address. Your login ID is written in the body of the email. The login ID written here will be required when logging in to DIPS-REG in the future. Please do not forget.

Log in to DIPS-REG

Open DIPS-REG (MLIT) . Then you will see a screen like this.
Click "Log in" button.
Enter your "Login ID" and "Password" in the "If you have opened an account" field on the left side of the screen, and click the "Log In" button. For "Login ID", use the one written in "Notification of the completion of the opening of your account" email. Not your email address. Please be careful.
If you log in successfully, you will see a main menu like this. To register a new aircraft, click the "New Registration" button at the top left of the screen.

Register a new drone

Select your identity verification method
Click the "New Registration" button from the main menu to display this screen. First select the method of identity verification.
You can choose to show your "Individual Number Card," "driver's license," or "passport" online, or "mail documents."
Note: If you are not a Japanese citizen, you will need to select "Passport".
The fee required for registration varies depending on the method of identity verification, 900 yen (about USD8.00) when using "Individual Number Card" online (890 yen after the second aircraft), and 1,450 yen (about USD13.00) when using "driver's license" or "passport" online (1,050 yen after the second aircraft), and 2,400 yen (about USD21.00) by "mailing documents" (2,000 yen after the second aircraft).
Here, I will try to register online using a "Passport". Click the "○" to the left of "passport" to mark it, then click the "Next" button at the bottom of the screen.
Confirm your identity with "Passport"
Then a new browser window will open with QR code. Take a picture of this screen with your smartphone and scan the QR code.
iPhone In case of iPhone, if you shoot with (camera) , the QR code will be decrypted like this, so tap it. If the QR code is not decrypted, please check the iPhone settings screen. For details, see How to read a QR code (two-dimensional bar code) with iPhone camera (Japanese) .
iPhone Then browser (Safari) will be launched and the screen will look like this. Tap blue "Agree to the above and start identity verification" button.
iPhone The screen looks like this. This is a brief description of the shooting procedure. Tap blue "Next" button.
Taking the surface of "Passport"
iPhone The first is to take a picture of the surface of "Passport". An explanation of the shooting method is displayed. After reading the explanation, tap blue "Begin shooting" button.
iPhone Warning "Requesting access to the camera" is displayed. Tap "Allow".
iPhone Then, the screen will switch to the camera screen, so hold your smartphone over your passport according to the guide on the screen. Tap the camera icon at the bottom center of the screen to take a picture.
However, shooting is very difficult. The image will not be recognized unless it meets a number of conditions such as subject size, brightness, and reflection. In my case, I tried about 20 times while changing the location, and finally succeeded in shooting.
iPhone Your passport will be automatically recognized. If there is no problem, tap blue "Next" button.
Taking from an oblique direction of "Passport"
iPhone Next is shooting from an oblique direction. An explanation of the shooting method is displayed. After reading the explanation, tap blue "Begin shooting" button.
iPhone Then, the screen will switch to the camera screen, so hold your smartphone over your passport according to the guide on the screen. Tap the camera icon at the bottom center of the screen to take a picture.
However, this shooting is very difficult too. In my case, I tried about 20 times again while changing the location, and finally succeeded in shooting.
iPhone Your passport will be automatically recognized. If there is no problem, tap blue "Next" button.
Taking your face photo
iPhone Next is taking a photo of your face. An explanation of the shooting method is displayed. After reading the explanation, tap blue "Begin shooting" button.
iPhone Then you will see a screen like this. Align your face with the frame and tap the camera icon at the bottom center of the screen to take a picture.
iPhone The shooting result is displayed. If there is no problem, tap blue "Next" button.
Real-time check
iPhone Next is real-time check (live check). It is a confirmation that the photographed face is not a picture but a "real" face. An explanation of the shooting method is displayed. After reading the explanation, tap blue "Begin shooting" button.
iPhone Align your face with the frame and tap "Start". Then follow the instructions on the screen to bring your face closer to the camera.
iPhone When you see a screen like this, your identity verification documents are ready. From here on, you don't need a smartphone. You can close the browser on your smartphone. When looking at the original (computer) browser screen ...
Enter owner information
The screen has changed to the input screen for owner information of drone to be registered. The contents of the account information have been copied here. If there is no problem, click yellow "Enter the UA information" button.
When you select passport as identity verification document, you will need to submit another image of document with your name, address, and birthday on it. For example, you can use an international driver's license or your own country's driver's license. It is necessary to upload images in PDF, JPEG, PNG format of 2MB or less.
Click the "Select" button in the "ID2" field to select the image of the document saved on your computer.
Enter drone information
Enter information of drone to be registered here. To register a commercial product, click "Manufactured UA/Altered UA" button. Select "UA manufacturer name" and "UA model" from the drop-down list. Then, "Aircraft type" will be set automatically.
For "UA serial number", omit symbol characters from the serial number provided by manufacturer or written on the aircraft, and enter by only half-width alphanumerical.
After entering all the items, click yellow "Enter the user information" at the bottom right of the screen.
Click "i" mark on each item to display the details of the input method. Please refer to this explanation when entering.
The input method for each of these items is explained in detail in Unmanned aerial vehicle registration procedure (Japanese PDF:MLIT) .
When you want to register "Amateur-Built UA/Others"
If the manufacturer name of your drone does not appear in "UA manufacturer name" field on the above screen, or if you want to register your own build aircraft such as FPV drones / racing drones , select "Amateur-Built UA/Others". See Register "Amateur-Built UA/Others" for more information.
Enter user information
Next, register the drone user information. If the owner and user are the same, click blue "Yes" button and then yellow "Confirm the entered information" button.
When owner and user are different
If owner and user are different, click "No" button on the screen above and enter the user information. Items required for user information are name, reading, address, telephone number, and email address. No identity verification documents are required.
Confirm the entered information
Then a screen like this will appear, and you can check the information you have entered so far. Please review if there are any mistakes. If you scroll this screen ...
The yellow "Apply for registration" button will appear. Click this if you are satisfied.
The screen changes like this. Click blue "OK" button.
Then, an email with the title "Announcement of confirmation of the procedures" will be sent to the registered email address. Click the confirmation URL written in the body of the email to complete the registration.
Looking at the screen of the original browser, it looks like this. You can close this screen.
The screen of the first browser looks like this. Click the "Go to Menu Screen" button to return to the menu. Then wait for an email to inform you of the payment of the fee.

Pay the application fee

Once you have confirmed your application, you will receive an email with the title "Notification of fee payment". This time, I received this email about 12 minutes after the application procedure was completed (when apply on weekdays). If you apply on weekend, confirmation will end after Monday.
To process the payment, log in to DIPS-REG (MLIT) and click "Confirmation of the application status / withdraw / Payment" button from the main menu.
A list of application status is displayed. If "Application status" field indicates "Fees Payment", you can proceed to the payment procedure. Click "Payment" button.
Then you will see a screen like this. Select the payment method from "credit card", "ATM", and "Internet banking". However, only credit card payments can be used on English page. Click "Go to this".
Then you will see a screen like this. Click where it says "お支払い手続きへ (Go to payment procedure)" at the bottom blue area.
Enter your credit card number at "カード番号" field, expiration date (MM / YY) at "有効期限" field, and security code at "セキュリティコード" field. The payment method is set to "一括で支払う (Pay in one lump sum)", but you can change it. By clicking the "+" and "-" buttons, you can change to "ボーナス一括払い (bonus lump sum payment)", "リボルビング払い (revolving payment)", and "3回払い (3 installments)". Then click "次へ (Next)" at the bottom blue area.
Then, confirmation screen is displayed. After confirming the contents, click "この内容で支払う (Pay with this contents)" at the bottom blue area.
This is the screen when using Mitsui Sumitomo VISA card. This is a familiar screen for that card users, which is always displayed when shopping online with the VISA card. Enter your password and click "送信 (Send)" button.
If you see a screen like this, payment is complete. Click "完了 (Finish)" at the bottom blue area.
Then you will see a screen like this. This window can be closed.
When you return to the original screen, it looks like this. In "Application status" column, "Review/Procedure in progress" is displayed. Wait for the examination to finish.

Confirm examination result / Obtain registration ID

After the examination, you will receive an email with the title "Notification of the completion of a new registration application". This time, I received this email about 10 hours after the fee payment was completed.
The email will indicate the expiration date of the application. Please check it.
To check the examination result, log in to DIPS-REG (MLIT) and click "Confirmation of the application status / withdraw / Payment" button from the main menu.
A list of application status is displayed. If "Application status" column is "Procedure completed", you can get "Registration ID". Click "Details" button.
The details of the application will be displayed. When you scroll the screen ...
In "UA Information" column, there is an item called "Registration ID" that starts with "JU". You need to indicate this on your drone body. Details on how to indicate are explained in Unmanned aerial vehicle registration procedure (Japanese PDF:MLIT) .
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Register "Amateur-Built UA/Others"

FPV drones / racing drones are registered as "Amateur-Built UA/Others". Click "Amateur-Built UA/Others" button on the aircraft information input screen to display this. Let's look at them in order.
manufacturer name, model, category
As shown at the beginning of this page, for self-made drones or those for which a serial number is not defined, such as FPV drones / racing drones , applicant (owner) can set "UA manufacturer name", "UA model", "UA serial number" by himself / herself.
For example, material provided by MLIT (Japanese PDF) give following examples. The manufacturer name shall be the name of the person who made or set up, the UA model shall be the manufacturer's surname + number, and the serial number shall be the manufacturer's initials 2 letters + year of manufacture + alphanumericals. The serial number must be within 20 digits of the combination of uppercase letters and numbers.
And for "UA category", you can select from the drop-down list. You can choose from "Airplane", "Rotorcraft (Helicopter)", "Rotorcraft (Multirotor)", "Rotorcraft (Others)", "Glider", and "Airship".
serial number
As explained above. You can read explanation shown in this figure by hovering mouse cursor over "i" mark.
Presence of a remote ID
It can be entered from April 2022. If the aircraft is equipped with a remote ID, you will need to edit it at a later date.
Weight
Enter the weight of the aircraft including battery in kilograms with two or more significant digits. This weight does not include the weight of removable accessories other than battery. Weights such as propeller guards, optional aerial cameras, and marker lights e.t.c. can be excluded.
Maximum Takeoff Weight
Enter maximum takeoff weight in kilograms with two or more significant digits. If the maximum takeoff weight cannot be determined, enter same value as the aircraft weight above.
The "Weight type" field is automatically set according to the maximum takeoff weight you have entered.
Size
Enter maximum total width, maximum total length, and maximum total height of the aircraft in meters with two or more significant digits.
UA image
Upload image file of the aircraft to be registered in JPEG or PNG format with a size of 2MB or less. If the weight type is less than 25 kg, upload one whole image, and if it is 25 kg or more, upload three images: top, front, and side.
Requirements for registration
Self-check and self-report on the safety capability of the aircraft to be registered. "Any UA shall not have significant risk of impairing safety in the event of collision with a person or property on the ground." "Any UA shall not be extremely difficult to control flight by remote control or autopilot." Check two of them. You cannot apply unless you check both items.
You can read Frequently asked questions (PDF:MLIT) to see what kind of aircraft the above two items specifically indicate.

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