The FAA posted an update on its site on Wednesday noting that more than 45,000 people have already taken advantage of its free drone registration program. If you have a drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds (and under 55 pounds), you are now required to register your drone with the FAA before February 19. Anyone else who gets a new drone needs to do so right away. If you don’t, you face up to a $27,500 fine.
That means that, should you receive a drone for Christmas, even a flying object that might seem more like a “toy” than something more serious, you need to get it registered. The cited weight of 0.55 pounds includes a payload, and the FAA is requiring that your shiny new drone be registered before you take it outdoors. The FAA expects up to 400,000 new “small UAS” to take to the skies this holiday season, as kids and adults around the country receive their new flying friends.
Don’t delay and make sure to get your registration filed.