Register your drone. It’s the law.
The FAA has ruled that everyone who flies a drone must register. Since an estimated 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. for the holiday gift-giving season, the registration process is streamlined and will be online as of December 21.
You can register beginning December 21st at http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/. Registration involves providing your name, home address and email address.
Here are the details:
- Drones weighing .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must register. It’s the law.
- Drones must be registered before flying them outdoors.
- You must be over 13 years old to register.
- Drones owned before December 21, 2015 must be registered before you fly them (or by February 19, 2016).
- Once registered you’ll get a number that you must put on your drone. If you have multiple drones, the same registration number must appear on all your drones.
- Drones cannot fly above 400 feet, at night, or within 5 miles of an airport.
- Starting January 21, 2016, there will be a $5 registration fee; prior to then the fee is waived.
- There are civil penalties for flying without registering: Up to $27,500 in fines, and up to 3 years imprisonment if failure to comply results in criminal penalties.
- [Drones for commercial use and drones greater than 55 pounds must register differently. It’s also the law. Those details are forthcoming from the FAA.]
A full list of the rules are here. You might also be interested in:
- Drone registration Task Force makes 11 key recommendations
- What we know about the FAA’s new drone registration requirement, and what we don’t