Everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before there would be those that took advantage of remote control drones to do dastardly deeds. The advantages and fun that many experienced were changed forever as new laws were established in 2015. The FAA has launched a drone registration site and everyone who previously owned an RC drone as well as new buyers need to comply with the registration requirements and the latest laws restricting height flying.
There are quite a few reasons for the new laws, the most notable has been the increased number that flew at heights that caused potential dangers with standard jets, which could have crashed and brought them down with loss of life. The other high priority reason includes the privacy factors and they encompass flying over and into restricted zones as well as private homes and businesses.
If you have a question regarding whether or not you need to register your drone, the FAA has indicated that if your drone weighs more than two sticks of butter, it needs to be registered. The exact weight is more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. A majority of the ‘toy drones’ don’t weigh that much, but those that have extra features such as cameras, it counts towards the weight. Registration is limited to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Other owners will still need to apply on the site before flying, however, they will receive a different certification.
Commercially used drones as well as those that weigh over the fifty five pound weight also need to be registered, but that is currently done via the old-school paper system.
Online registration is done at RegisterMyUAS.faa.gov website and costs $5 for three years. Owners of drones must supply a full, complete name, valid physical and mailing addresses as well as an email address. Once completed, the FAA will send a certificate of registration to you. It is important that you keep that registration with you so that if you are asked for it by the authorities you can show the digital or printed version. The registration number must be written on your drone. If you lend out your drone they can borrow the document.