FAA Mandatory Drone Registration Website Now Live

December 22, 2015

With everyone’s brand new drones neatly wrapped and waiting underneath Christmas trees across the country, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone registry went live yesterday.

As ETW readers know, on December 14 FAA announced that, based on recommendations from the Registration Task Force, as of December 21, the FAA would begin requiring the registration of non-commercial small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. The registration fee is $5, but will be waived until January 20, 2016 (so make sure you register your drone as soon as you open it on Christmas morning).

Per the requirements, new drone users must register their UAS before its first flight; those who have been flying their drones prior to today are expected to register before February 19, 2016, or could be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

The new website is properly equipped with an excellent drone graphic and a helpful Q&A resource.



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