According to news reports, over 400,000 drones were purchased this holiday season which means there were a lot of happy kids (and adults) on Christmas morning. What many of these happy people probably don’t know, however, is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently put a new policy in place that requires drone owners to register their drone before flying it outdoors. Under the new rule, all recreational and hobby drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds must be registered with the FAA and a registration number must be placed on it before it takes flight.
According to a story at Syracuse.com, more than 45,000 drones were registered in the first two days after the new FAA guidelines were put into effect. As part of the new policy, the FAA will refund the $5 registration fee for the first 30 days after December 21.
After registration, the FAA will email a certificate to the drone owner that contains the holder’s name, registration number, and dates of issuance and expiration. The registration is good for three years. Civil penalties for failing to register a drone include fines up to $27,500. Criminal penalties can include a fine up to $250,000 and three years in prison.
All owners operating a drone are expected to carry a printed or electronic version of the certificate.
For more information on the new guidelines, the FAA can be reached via email at UAShelp@faa.gov or by phone at 844-244-3565.
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