Compulsory Registration of Drones Commences Next Monday


A report was released last month by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned System Aircraft System Registration Task force Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FAAUASRTFARC) which recommended the compulsory registration of consumer drones. The actual rules which everyone flying a drone need to follow was released by the FAA.

Part of the rules is that anyone that owns a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds must have it registered. Drones lighter than this do not need any registration. Any drone bought after the 21st of December, 2015 must be registered before being flown outdoors. This registration must be done before the 16th of February, 2016.

The registration of drone will open on the 21st of December, 2015 and can be done at It should be noted that this is the only website where drones can be registered. If you want to go the old way, you can do it with paper.

The registration cost is 5 US Dollars. The registration is however free for the first 30 days that it opens. This registration fee covers the entire drones you have and also valid for 3 years. After the expiration period of 3 years, the registration must be renewed with 5 US Dollars.

Information needed during the registration process include your full name, physical address, mailing address and your email address. No information is needed about your drone if it’s only used for fun and not commercial purpose. You must also provide a credit card which will be charged 5 Dollars. This fee will be refunded after the first 30 days of registration.

Another rule is that you must be above the age of 13 in order to register a drone. Also, it’s not compulsory to be a U.S. citizen. The registration process is estimated to take roughly 5 minutes. After registration, you’ll be given a unique registration number which you must stick on all of your drones. You need to stick this number that can be assessed without using tools. You can cancel this registration once you sell your drone or gets destroyed.

Furthermore, you can fly drones that are not registered to you. However, you need to have an e-copy of the registration document with you. Crimes associated with flying unregistered drones include civil penalties with fine of $27,500 and criminal penalties with fine of about $250,000 or 3 years’ imprisonment.

The $5 registration fee which may be considered as being annoying serves three purposes:

  • The FAA has a legal backing to charge for it.
  • The fee is used in funding the FAA’s drone registration program. This program is estimated to cost 56 million Dollars through 2020.
  • Also, the use of credit cards in the registration process prevents people from putting down others name and addresses.