New Rules Will Require Americans To Register Hobby Drones


A task forced created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed setting up a simple and easy-to-complete registration system for drone owners of drones.

FAA wants to a system to be in place to better monitor recreational use of the machines. The agency engaged a task force to make new rules on hobby drones.

Now, the task force released the final details of new rules, which will require owners to register an unnamed machine weighing more than 250 grams with the federal government. The owners’ information will be placed in a national database, a first step to deal with the proliferation of recreational drones.

According to the officials, the growing use of recreational drones could post a serious security threat, as these machines can be used for illegal activities. Also, these hobby drones can create problems for commercial and fighter jets.

The Consumer Technology Association says that an estimated 400,000 drones will be sold this holiday season in the United States.

Under the new proposed rules, yet to be implemented and could be changed, anyone over 13-year old who purchased a drone weighing more than 250 grams (about half a pound) will need to register the machine with the FAA.

This process will be online, and no fee will be charged.

The federal aviation agency is expected to release new guidelines for drone’s registration in the next month, just in time for Christmas.

Here is a Recommendations Summary:

1- Registration is required for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that weigh under 55 pounds and above 250 grams maximum take-off weight, and are operated outdoors in the National Airspace System (NAS).

2- The registration system is owner-based, so each registrant will have a single registration number that covers any and all UAS that the registrant owns.

3- Registration is mandatory prior to operation of a UAS in the NAS.

4- Name and street address of the registrant are required. Mailing address, email address, telephone number, and serial number of the aircraft are optional.

5- Persons must be 13 years of age to register.

6- The system for entry of information into the database is web-based and also allows for multiple entry points, powered by an API that will enable custom apps to provide registry information to the database and receive registration numbers and certificates back from the database. Registrants can also modify their information through the web or apps.

7- A certificate of registration will be sent to the registrant at the time of registration. The certificate will be sent electronically, unless a paper copy is requested, or unless the traditional aircraft registration process is utilized. The registration certificate will contain the registrant’s name, FAA-issued registration number, and the FAA registration website that can be used by authorized users to confirm registration information.  For registrants who elect to provide the serial number(s) of their aircraft to the FAA, the certificate will also contain those serial number(s). Any time a registered UAS is in operation, the operator of that UAS should be prepared to produce the certificate of registration for inspection.

8- The registration number have to be affixed to the aircraft, unless the registrant chooses to provide the FAA with the aircraft’s serial number.