FAA Issues Interim Rule on Hobby Drone Registration

December 15th, 2015

The FAA announced its small drone (UAS) rule for registration of non-commercial (i.e., hobby) drones. You can register online HERE starting on December 21, 2015 and registration will be free until January 20, 2016. After that date, registration will cost $5. The new rule applies to drones weighing .55 pounds (250 grams) up to less than 55 pounds. Although not the test for whether registration is required, the FAA has found that most “toy” drones that cost less than $100 weigh less than the 250 gram limit. A price less than $100, does not necessarily mean, however, that any particular drone weighs less than 250 grams. Drones purchased before the rule goes into effect also must register their drones and have 60 days to become compliant. Anyone operating a registered drone is required to have the registration certificate in their possession when operating the drone. For additional information regarding the new registration system, see the FAQs published by the FAA.