The FAA’s drone registration program went live on December 21, 2015. A lot has happened in the five years following the implementation of regulation: but it still stands. If you were one of the first to step up and register yourself, your drone registration is expiring soon.
Registering Your Drone
Getting a new drone? Register before you fly. It costs $5 and requires just your email and your address – and the make and model of your drone if you fly under Part 107. You must be 13 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, or legal permanent resident. You can register your drone here at the FAA DroneZone, or you can register a drone by mail.
If your drone registration is expiring, just log in with the email that you used and renew. The FAA explains what happens next:
Once you register your drone, you will receive an FAA registration certificate. You must have your registration certificate (either a paper copy or digital copy) in your possession when you fly. If another individual operates your drone, they must have your drone registration certificate (either a paper or digital copy) in their possession. Federal law requires drone operators who are required to register, to show their certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked.
It’s worth taking the five minutes and $5 to keep your registration up to date. Not only does it help regulators understand the current state of the airspace: “Failure to register a drone that requires registration may result in regulatory and criminal penalties. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three (3) years.”
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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