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FAA Drone Registration Rules.

How to register your drone for personal use.

FAA Drone Registration Rules

The FAA announced official rules for registering drones in the United States on December 14, 2015. Registration applies to a wide range of drone sizes, between .55 lbs. and 55 lbs., which includes Solo and Site Scan. Below you’ll find a list of the FAA drone registration rules. Put simply, everyone needs to register. It costs five dollars and you can do it online. Registration officially began on December 21. New drone owners need to register before their first flight.

FAA Drone Registration Details

At a high level, the loosening of the restrictions required to fly commercially shows that drones are now safer and easier to use than ever before. The launch of 3DR’s Site Scan enterprise platform in March anticipated this democratization of access to aerial data capture and analytics, and now after passing a simple FAA knowledge test anyone can survey a construction site or measure a stockpile with the push of a few buttons in Site Scan.

FAA Drone Registration Summary

  1. Registration is mandatory in the United States.
  2. You must register before your first flight.
  3. Users must be at least 13 to register online.
  4. The registration fee is $5. It’s good for three years.
  5. Register your drone directly through the FAA.
  6. All the information you need provide is your name, home address,
    e-mail address and the make and model of your drone. This generates
    a “proof of ownership,” including a Unique Number, which you must
    mark on your drone in a place you don’t need a tool to access.
    You’ll be able to use the serial number of your drone (found in
    Solo’s battery compartment) and avoid marking up your Solo.
  7. This registration process only applies to hobby and recreational use.
    Business use rules still forthcoming.
  8. Here’s the link for online registration.
  9. To read the FAA’s full press release, click here.

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