In anticipation of drones being 2015’s hottest holiday gift, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rolled out a new online registration program for personal-use unmanned aircraft this month.
If you use the post-holiday sales to purchase a drone for commercial use, make sure you register within the next two months. Commercial registrations are currently accepted by paper, but the FAA expects to release an online application in 2016.
Operators of aircraft between .55 and 55 pounds are required to sign in to the registration process by February 19. The cost of registration is free until January 20, when it will rise to $5 per registration. You’ll have to provide basic contact information and in exchange receive a certificate with a unique identification number for your drone. The registration is good for three years.
Visit the FAA’s website for more information.
By Prasana William