Today the Federal Aviation Administration announced a new requirement that will require millions of drone owners to register their aircraft with the federal government. New drone owners must register “before the first flight outdoors” says the FAA.
This new rule applies to drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds and includes any on-board equipment like cameras. The rule will go into effect December 21 when the website goes live. Current drone owners will have until February 19th 2016 to apply for their certificate of aircraft registration, which must be displayed on their drones.
The FAA says it will cost $5 for each operator to register, no matter how many drones they own. This fee will be waived if you register before January 20th 2016. The license must be renewed every three years.
For those who do not register their drones there will be still penalties. The FAA says they could access up to $27,500 in penalties and fines up to $250,000 or possible jail time!