If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015, requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

If you register your drone before January 20, 2016, and the registration fee of $5.00 will be refunded. Here are a few highlights found at the FAA Website.

  • Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
  • You will be required to have your FAA registration certificate in your possession when operating your unmanned aircraft.
  • All owners of small UAS weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 lbs.) and less than 55 lbs. must register using this new system.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration has all the information you need to register and answers many questions.