FAA Drone Regulations – Lesson 2.3

Mark goes over the FAA Registration process.  Remember, you need to register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg)

Please Note: these rules are constantly changing – refer to the FAA website for latest up to date information.

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In this video, we’re going to take a look at the FAA drone registration database. This is a new initiative by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Of course, this only applies if you are living within the United States. They are now requiring anyone who owns a consumer drone to have it registered if it’s within a certain weight class, and that weight class is between .55 pounds (250 grams) up to 55 pounds (25 kilograms).

So, anything that’s weighing less than half a pound is okay not to be registered, so any of these micro drones that you use for practice or for fun don’t need to be registered, but if it weighs over the .55 pound range, then you do need to indeed register with the FAA.

Registration is very simple. It does cost $5, but you just to to registermyuas.faa.gov and then click on the register my drone link, you have to create an account, and then inside, you enter your address and credit card information, and then once you hit the “submit” button, the FAA will email you a certificate of registration, and you are supposed to use that certificate and keep it with you, and then there’s a number associated with your registration that you need to include on any of your UAV or drones, so you only need to register once.

The registration stays with you, as the operator, and that number needs to be affixed to any of your drones whenever you are operating them.

So the number just needs to be accessible, it can be written on the outside shell of your drone, or it can be placed on the inside battery compartment.

It just needs to be easily accessible, so if someone finds your drone, or you need to prove that it is registered, you can easily access that number.

Again, like I said, registration is very quick and straightforward, and I believe this is a good first step towards accountability both for the operators, and for the FAA, for them to allow widespread commercial use of drones.


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2 thoughts on “FAA Drone Regulations – Lesson 2.3

  • July 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    that website to register your drone isn’t working.
    also, if I’m Canadian, should i still register my drone with registermyuas.faa.gov if I’m taking a vacation in the USA? or am i exempt?

    • July 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      I fixed the link. You are exempt, I believe, especially if it’s just a vacation. The registration process is slowly dying anyway and the only people who really need to do this are people who are using drones for commercial purposes (i.e. anything that leads to making money with drones).


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