Do I Need to Register My Drone? (You Do if It’s on This List)
Starting December 21, the FAA wants you to register your drone. If it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, you’re legally required to tell the country about it. (Which, yes, is all insane given that you don’t have to do the same for a gun.) The FAA says this is being done in the name of safety, and that consumers have until February 19 to register. The system, thankfully, is simple: You can do it all online starting December 21, here. And hey, if you get it all taken care of before January 20, 2016, the FAA will waive the $5 registration fee! (Yes, that’s right, there’s a $5 registration fee.)
If you’re curious whether your drone requires registration and you don’t want to go digging for the specs yourself, fear not: We did it for you. Or rather, we’re doing it for you. This handy chart tells you exactly whether you need to register your drone, and we’ll be updating it continuously (it’s an ongoing project, so bear with us!). Maybe you’re thinking about getting one soon—and you’d rather opt for something that doesn’t require registration. Either way, the chart has your answers. The FAA has its own chart with a few examples, but if you need more information or don’t see your device there, hopefully we can help.
The only thing we can’t do for you is actually register your drone, so be sure to make your way to the FAA’s registration site before February 19. That’s on you, friend.