Drone Registration Has Been Reinstated
As of December 11, 2017, drone registration has been reinstated. In December 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a policy requiring drone owners to register their drones with the FAA. Then in May 2017, in response to a lawsuit, a U.S. Federal court ruled that the FAA did not have the authority to require registration for recreational use of drones.
Well, drone registration is back again. Congress slipped a requirement for drone registration into a massive National Defense Authorization Act. President Trump signed the bill into law earlier this week. So effective immediately you need to register any drone weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds.
Just make sure you do it at the official FAA registration site. If you do a Google search for drone registration the first results you get are for non-government sites that will charge you $24.95 instead of the $5.00 you will pay at the FAA site. The registration process is easy and will only take a few minutes. You will need to set up an account, enter some contact information and pay the $5 fee. You will immediately get a registration number which you will need to put on your drone.
Why does the government want you to register your drone? According to the FAA “Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation…” It also will bring in an extra $10 million dollars or so from the 2.3 million drones that people will buy this coming year in the United States. But I’m sure that has nothing to do Congress’ actions.