FAA Drone Registration Rules

On December 14, 2015, the FAA announced official rules for registering drones in the United States. Registration applies to a wide range of drone sizes, between .55 lbs. and 55 lbs. Basically, everyone needs to register. It costs five dollars and you can do it online. Registration officially began on December 21, 2015. If you buy a drone after December, you are supposed to register before your first flight.

Here is a safety video from 3DR.


1. Registration is mandatory in the United States.

2. If you buy your drone after December 21, you must register before your first flight.

3. Users must be at least 13 to register online.

3. The registration fee is $5, and is valid for three years.

5. Currently, you must register directly through the FAA. They’ll release an API in the spring (they’re targeting April) that some companies such as solo plan to integrate into their app. Until then you have to go here to register.

6. All the information you need to provide is your name, home address, e-mail address and the make and model of your drone. This generates a “proof of ownership,” including a Unique Number, which you must mark on your drone in a place you don’t need a tool to access. You’ll be able to use the serial number of your drone.

7. This registration process only applies to hobby and recreational use. Business use rules are different.

Here’s the link for online registration.

To read the FAA’s full press release, click here.

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