FAA Announces Drone Registration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced their user-friendly, online aircraft registration process!


  • Any bird (small UAS) that weighs between 250 grams and 55 LBS (approx. 25 kgs) that is to be used for hobby or recreational use will legally require registration starting December 21, 2015 before it's first outdoor flight.
  • Any small UAS owner who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft as a model aircraft prior to December 21, will be required to register their aircraft by February 19, 2016.  
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to register. 
  • FAA is waving the $5 registration fee if owners register before January 20, 2016.

Owners may register their aircraft at http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration

The FAA Registration Task Force submitted their suggestions to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21st, which was only two months past their projected submission date of September. 

Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility. Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.
— U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx


A Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership is provided in exchange for your name, home address, and email. The web application will generate a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on their aircraft.

Hobby or recreational model aircraft owners will be able to use the same identification number on all of their aircrafts. 

Although the current website does not support the registration of commercially used unmanned aircraft, the FAA expects to have this option available by spring 2016. 

We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season.
— FAA Administrator Huerta

Read the full Press Release at www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856

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