The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that anyone who owns a drone weighing between .55 and 55 pounds will have to register their aircraft with the government—provided they’re not using it for business purposes.
According to the FAA, registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. When they’ve registered, they’ll receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAV owner—an ID which must be marked on the aircraft.
The registration is valid for three years.
The FAA will charge drone owners $5 to register but will waive the fee during the first 30 days of registration (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016) to encourage people to sign up. Online drone registration is available here.
If you own a UAV for business purposes, sit tight. The FAA says the online registration system is only for hobbyists. A registration system targeting the business use of drones is expected to go live in the Spring of 2016.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement announcing the new rules. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely.”
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