Friday is the deadline for drone owners to register with the FAA. The rule was announced last year, before an estimated 1 million drones were sold for the holidays.
Only 300-thousand registered in the first month since the rule took effect, but after Friday unregistered drone owners could face serious consequences.
It’s a simple online process, users pay 5 dollars for a three-year registration with the FAA, and they’re presented with safety guidelines.
Even small drones can pose potential problems, so the FAA hopes education will help reduce collisions with other aircraft, as well as property damage and injury.
Even if you’re just flying drones for fun, not registering could mean consequences. You could face serious fines or even jail time.
Along with the weight parameters for the drones, the registration is for drones purchased before December 21st of last year.
If you got one after that date say, for Christmas, you’re supposed to have registered before that drone takes to the air for the first time.
The FAA drone registration website is https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ . You may find other websites that also assist with registering drones, but they may charge more than the FAA’s five dollar fee.