Want to Fly? You’ll Now Have to Register First
What you should know about flying before flying your drone. Follow regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Anyone who wants to fly a UAS will have to register it first.
Here is what you will need to know:
- Registration begins on December 21, 2015. The fee is $5 but the FAA is waiving it for the first 30 days, which means you will have until almost the end of January before you have to pay.
- Failure to register your drone could result in criminal penalties up to $250,000 and three years in prison (though that’s pretty harsh and we hope it wouldn’t come to that).
- If you have operated a UAS prior to December 21, then you have until February 19, 2016 to register. If you get one after the 21st, you must register before your first flight.
- Registration applies to UAS “weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms).”
- You must provide your name, home address, and e-mail address. Upon registration, you will be provided a unique identification number, which must clearly be marked on the aircraft. Fortunately, you only have to register once and the ID number will apply to all your aircraft.
- Registration is valid for three years and you must be at least 13 years old.