FAA Drone Registration Breakdown

FAA Drone Registration Breakdown


Important information for US drone owners – Upcoming registration requirement – The FAA will require that all drone owners register themselves. Task Force recommendations were published on November 22, 2015 and the FAA is targeting to have final rules published by year-end. Although there were often very divergent views, and some decisions were not unanimous, the Task Force reached general agreement on their recommendations to the FAA.


Here is a summary of the task force recommendations:

  • Covers all drones weighing 250 grams to 55lbs
  • Drone owner will be responsible for registering his/her drone. This single registration number is to be used on every aircraft he/she owns and each drone must be marked with that number.
  • Registrant must be at least 13 years old and does not have to be a citizen.
  • Registration will be web based and free
  • The registration process should contain some sort of education component which could be similar to the existing content in the Know Before You Fly campaign.

Here is a more detailed FAQ’s

  • What category of UAS is covered by the registration requirement? – UAS that weigh under 55 pounds and above 250 grams maximum takeoff weight, and are operated outdoors.  Drones weighing less than 250 grams will not need to be registered.
  • Do owners need to register each individual UAS they own? -No. The registration system is owner-based, so each registrant will have a single registration number that covers any and all UAS that the registrant owns.
  • Is registration required at point-of-sale? – No. Registration is mandatory prior to operation of a UAS in the NAS. Each drone owner will be required to register prior to operating a drone.
  • What information is required for the registration process? –Name and street address of the registrant are required. Mailing address, email address, telephone number, and serial number of the aircraft are optional.
  • Is there a citizenship requirement?         No.
  • Is there a minimum age requirement? – Yes. Persons must be 13 years of age to register.
  • Is there a registration fee?         No.
  • Is the registration system electronic or web-based?         The system for entry of information into the database is web-based. Registrants can also modify their information through the web or apps.
  • How does a UAS owner prove registration?         A certificate of registration will be sent to the registrant at the time of registration. The certificate will be sent electronically, unless a paper copy is requested, or unless the traditional aircraft registration process is utilized. The registration certificate will contain the registrant’s name, FAA-issued registration number, and the FAA registration website that can be used by authorized users to confirm registration information. For registrants who elect to provide the serial number(s) of their aircraft to the FAA, the certificate will also contain those serial number(s). Any time a registered UAS is in operation, the operator of that UAS should be prepared to produce the certificate of registration for inspection.
  • Penalties & Enforcement –Current registration-related penalties for manned aircraft can exceed $25,000. The Task Force recommends that the FAA expressly establish a reasonable and proportionate penalty schedule that is distinct from those relating to traditional manned aviation

People who already own drones will have to register them.

Here is the full text of the 12 page task force recommendation – http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/media/RTFARCFinalReport_11-21-15.pdf?utm_source=hootsuite We will notify you as soon as final rules are published.

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