January 11, 2016
Back in December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its official registration rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the United States. It’s important that you register yourself as a user before you embark on your first flight.
The process takes about 5 minutes. Just create an account, fill out your profile, review the FAA safety guidelines, and boom — you’re officially equipped to recreationally operate a flying camera in the wild! You do not have to have your (drone) Camera in hand to register.
Until January 20th, 2016 you can register free of charge. After January 20th, all registrants may be subject to a $5 fee. That’s the equivalent of one fancy coffee you’d be missing out on.
Do I need to Register My Drone?
You need to register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg)
You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register a drone and do not register.
You must use the paper registration process if…
- You use your aircraft for commercial purposes
- You use your aircraft for other than hobby and recreation
- Your aircraft is 55 lbs. or greater
- You intend to operate your aircraft outside of the United States
This registration site will allow you to register your UAS with the FAA
After you register…
- You MUST mark any and all aircraft with your number before you operate them.
- The number must be visible without using tools. You may mark it inside the battery compartment if that is accessible. You may use any method to affix the number that ensures it remains visible, including permanent marker, label, or engraving.
- To operate as a hobbyist, you must operate according to the safety guidance you have acknowledged and in accordance with a community based set of safety guidance. For further information on the safety guidance visit faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/