The FAA released a press release today announcing a mandatory registration law for drone operators that goes into effect on December 21 of this year. Drone owners can begin registering online starting December 21st at the following URL: http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ The registration will cost $5.00 but the fee is waived for those who register early, before January 20th, 2016.
Registration will be required
for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
And the penalty for failing to register?
Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. 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 years.”
It’s clear that the wild west days of drone flying are coming to an end. If you’re using UAV’s for aerial photography or videography, be sure to get registered. The good news is that it looks like registration will be fairly quick and straightforward and should pave the road for easier commercial usage permissions in the future.
The FAA has also published a comprehensive FAQ that should answer any questions you have: Registration FAQs
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