February 06, 2018


Consumer aerial drones are becoming quite popular and a whole bunch of new pilots are taking to the skies. Drones are an ideal choice for a holiday gift and there are over 181,000 FAA registered drone owners in the country. Gone are the days where you can rip open the box and take to the skies. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now made it a mandatory process of registering every aerial drone before you can use them outdoors. However, the registration process is quite simple and in just a few clicks you are presented with a 10-digit registration number. The registration certificate will be sent over to your email which can be printed and kept handy while flying your drone outdoors. Safety is one of the main reasons why the registration process has been judiciously implemented in the United States.

Summary of the Registration process:

• The registration of aerial drones is compulsory in the United States.
• Before your first flight, the drone must be registered with the FAA.
• You must be at least 13 years of age to register online.
• A $5 fee is applicable for the registration, which is valid for 3 years.
• You can register your aerial drone directly through the FAA.
• The required information to be provided are name, home address, e-mail address and the model and make of your aerial drone.
• A “Proof of Ownership” is generated along with a unique number that you must place on your drone. The number should be placed on a place where no tool is required to access it.
• The new link for the online registration is here.

Points to remember:

○ Register the drone before its first flight.
○ Keep the maximum flight altitude below 400 feet.
Always keep your drone at your line of sight.
○ Stay alert of FAA Airspace restrictions.
○ Make sure to respect everyone’s privacy.
○ Try not to fly close to other drones.
○ Never fly your drone near airports or aircrafts.
○ Avoid flying over large groups of people, public events or stadiums.
○ Flying under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions before you register your drone, you can contact the FAA at 844-FLY-MY-UA or send an email to uashelp@faa.gov

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