Register Your Drones or Go To Jail! – Podcast Episode 11

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*Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.

As it says, as of right now- you must register any drone between .55lbs and 55lbs obtained past December 21st, 2015 or if you already own one you have until February 19th, 2016. The fee is $5 but if waived (credited back to you) if you register before January 20th, 2016. You must register online only, they don’t have a paper process and once registered you’re required by law to mark your drone clearly with your license number. You are also required to carry your registration copy (printed out) with you at all times that the drone is in flight. If you let someone borrow the drone, they must have the license with them but you may be held accountable for any laws that they break.

The laws as of now are as such and you must agree to them before the registration process:

  • I will fly below 400 feet
  • I will fly within visual line of sight
  • I will be aware of FAA airspace requirements:
  • I will not fly directly over people
  • I will not fly over stadiums and sports events
  • I will not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
  • I will not fly near aircraft, especially near airports
  • I will not fly under the influence

As I suggested in the Podcast, it might be worth while to go ahead and register while even though you don’t have a drone if you think you will own one possibly within the next 3 years. As of right now they do not request a serial number, make, or model of your drone.

This registration is currently for USA citizens only, and hobby or sport- NOT commercial use.

Commercial Operation Information: (You’re required to get a FAA Section 333 Exemption in order to use a UAS for monetary trade.)

Registration link:

Check out the video below by the FAA: “Know Before You Fly”.