FAA Requires Drone Registration
2015-12-14 Contact: Les Dorr or Alison Duquette Phone:
(202) 267-3883 FAA Press Release
Lure: Free Registration for the first 30 days
WASHINGTON – The U.S.
Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft
registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS)
weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds
(approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
The Registration Task Force delivered
recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation
Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the
task force recommendations.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft
enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of
responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
“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
Registration is a statutory requirement
that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS
who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model
aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than
February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model
aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight
outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new
streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined
web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
Owners may register through a web-based system at: www.faa.gov/uas/registration
Registrants will need to provide their
name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the
registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of
Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique
identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby
or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same
identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is
valid for three years.
The normal registration fee is $5, but in
an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly,
the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to
Jan 20, 2016).
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model
unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA
Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate
these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules
and understand they are accountable to the public for flying
The online registration system does not
yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than
hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in
connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will
allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.
The full rule can be viewed here:
For questions regarding this notice, contact Ken Kelley, AFS-850
by email at Ken.R.Kelley@faa.gov
or by telephone at
(775) 858-7700 Ex 258.