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FAA Registers Nearly 300,000 UAS Owners in First 30 Days

Officials say they are pleased with response thus far

January 22, 2016

The FAA has registered almost 300,000 drone owners since the small UAS registration went online one month ago.

“The registration numbers we’re seeing so far are very encouraging,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a press release. “We’re working hard to build on this early momentum and ensure everyone understands the registration requirement.”

Since enforcement began, all operators using drones that weigh between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs. for recreational or hobby purposes must register online. If you owned a UAS prior to Dec. 21, you have until Feb. 19 to register. The cost is $5, since the free registration period is over, and must be renewed every three years.

Haven’t registered? It might be less painful to just hand over ye olde Abraham Lincoln to avoid the more substantial fines. Failure to do so may result in civil penalties up $27,500 or criminal penalties up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years, according to the FAA.

The FAA said it continues to see a steady stream of daily registrations. “I am pleased the public responded to our call to register,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The National Airspace System is a great resource and all users of it, including UAS users, are responsible for keeping it safe.”

Registration takes about 30 minutes and is pretty straightforward. Once you complete the filing process and receive your unique number, just don’t forget to attach it to your drone.

Go here, to begin the registration process and to learn more.
Featured image: Drew Halverson