Drones are becoming increasingly popular these days. Because of this, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and DOT (Department Of Transportation) have announced the creation of a task force to develop “recommendations” for a drone registration process by November 20th.
Supposedly, this drone registration process is being developed because of the increase in drone sightings over airports, sporting events and other places where they could be a potential threat to manned aircraft. The goal is for all drone owners to be required by law to register their drones so that they can be identified and traced back to their operators when spotted in places where they shouldn’t be flying.
It’s official, if you currently own or are planning on owning a drone, it now needs to be registered.
Starting on December 21st, you will be required to register any RC aircraft with the FAA. The registration fee will be $5, but you will be refunded (if you register in the first 30 days). In other words, if you have a lot of drones, you should register as soon as possible.
If you already own a drone before December 21st, you won’t have to register until February 19th, however if you purchase a drone after December 21st you will need to register before you take your first flight.
How to determine if your drone needs to be registered
If you live in the United States, take your drone and mount the batteries, propellers, camera and any other accessories that you’ll be using in flight. After that, put it on a scale. If it weighs over 0.55 pounds, then it needs to be registered.
Where to register
You will be able to register here on December 21st.
What to do after registration
After registering your drone, you will be given a registration number from the FAA. Once you have the registration number, it will need to be placed on your aircraft.
Additional registration rules
You must be at least 13 years of age to register, or have someone over the age of 13 register for you. To register, you will need to provide your name, physical address, email address, aircraft manufacture, model name and (serial number if available).