The time has come: you can now (and really should) register your drone with the FAA.
As announced last week, US drone pilots must register their drones – anything from 0.55 to 55 lb, including cameras and cargo – by Feburary 19 or risk fines of up to $250,000. That is, for hobbyists – the FAA is still working on its regulations for commercial drone pilots.
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Signing up requires filling out a simple Web form with your name, email and address. You must be 13 years or older to register online; the young pilots out there will have to send in a snail-mail letter.
After completing the process, you’ll receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration along with an ID number that must be displayed on the drone. That number applies per-user, so no need to re-register every single one of your aircraft if you’re something of a drone collector.
Not everyone is happy about the new regulation; reports are indicating the drone registry will eventually be made public (including names and addresses), and groups like the Academy of Model Aeronautics have been fighting back.