With as many as one million drones sold this holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will require consumer drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems) to register with the U.S. government. Learn more about FAA drone registration and download our FAA (12-21-2015) Registration of Drones, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) PDF.
Registration is easy and free if done within the first 30 days of this new policy. After the first 30 days, registration will cost $5. Drone owners who purchased their unmanned aircraft system before Dec. 21 have until Feb. 19 to register them. Drones purchased after the December date must be registered before they are flown.
Unmanned aircraft systems weighing more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) and less than 55 pounds must be registered. Small children's toys do not need to be registered unless they fall into that weight category. Registration is good for three years, and one person can register multiple drones. Drones that are only flown indoors do not need to be registered, but drones flown anywhere outside (even on the owner's property) need to be registered.
The reason for this new registration policy is mainly safety. Owning a drone is a responsibility, according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. By registering these drones, the FAA can work with drone operators to make sure that they are being operated safely. 700,000 consumer drones will be sold this year, including 400,000 this holiday season, according to the Consumer Technology Association. This policy aims to help consumers learn about proper drone use.
If you do not register your drone, you could face a penalty of up to $27,500. Luckily, registering your drone takes minutes and is free if done soon.
FAA drone registration is easy. Register yours at faa.gov starting Dec. 21. Visit the FAA drone registration page.
A policy for commercial drones is in the works and will be completed sometime next year. For more information, contact Carolina Dronz today.