FAA Drone Registration Requirement

FAA Drone Registration Requirement

As of tomorrow (21-Dec-2015), if you live in the United States and have a drone, you have to register it. The Federal Aviation Administration has created new statues governing private drone registration, likely to curb problems stemming from reckless drone pilots. Fortunately for us Crazyflie enthusiasts, the Crazyflie is exempt because the new law only requires registration if your drone weighs 250 grams or more (up to 55 pounds – then it is a different category). Of course, if you’re using a BigQuad deck or have integrated your Crazyflie airframe into a larger quad yourself, then you might need to register still – provided the big quad your Crazyflie is controlling is heavier than 250 grams, of course.

If you don’t register your larger drone with the FAA by 16-Feb-2016 and you’re caught flying it, you risk fines up to $27,500 USD for civil penalties and put to $250,000 and/or three years in prison for criminal penalties! It costs $5 USD for a three year registration but the fee is waived if you register between 21-Dec-2015 and 20-Jan-2016. All drones purchased prior to 15-Dec-2015 must be registered and all new drone purchases have to be registered prior to their first flight outside. Looks like a lot of Christmas drones this year will come with strings attached!

Links:
FAA Statute
FAA Press Release

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