You have a great freedom flying drones in the States compared to some countries in the world (including my country) ! Never forget this ;)|
I have a "Class 2" licence : it cost me the price of a Phantom 4, my P4P is registered (almost 200$), I have the mandatory insurance (400$/year) and with this licence I can fly up to 45 meters above takeoff point), away from buildings, crowds, animals. So I fly only and strictly respecting the rules.
"Class 1" licence (3000$) allows flights up to 90 meters : medical exam (the same as the one for private pilots), theoretical exam and so on.
And our FAA equivalent is continuously chasing fb groups, video platforms and forum for outlaw pilots. Some of those "agents" are probably here.