Will your drone registration expire?

Is your drone registration about to expire? Here is what to do.

The FAA’s drone registration program went live on December 21, 2015. Much has happened in the five years since the regulation was implemented: but it is still there. If you were one of the first to register, your drone registration will expire soon.

Drones must be registered with the FAA whether you operate under Part 107 or the recreational aviation exemption. “All drones must be registered, with the exception of those that weigh less than 250 grams and are only flown under the recreational aviation exception,” the FAA website said. However, remember that even micro-drones weigh less than 250 grams like a Mavic Mini must be registered if you are flying them under Part 107. Drones registered under Part 107 may be flown both for recreational purposes and under Part 107.

Register your drone

Got a new drone? Register before you fly. It costs $ 5 and only requires your email address and address – and the make and model of your drone if you’re flying under Part 107. You must be 13 years or older, a US citizen, or legal permanent resident. You can register your drone here with the FAA DroneZone or register a drone via email.

If your drone registration expires, simply log in with the email address you used and renew it. The FAA explains what happens next:

Once you have registered your drone, you will receive an FAA registration certificate. You must have your Certificate of Registration (either a hard copy or a digital copy) with you when you fly. If someone else is operating your drone, they must have your drone registration certificate (either paper or digital). Federal law requires drone operators who are required to register to present their registration certificate to a federal, state, or local law enforcement officer if asked to do so.

Well worth the five minutes and $ 5 to keep your registry updated. This not only helps regulators understand the current state of the airspace: “Failure to register a drone that requires registration can result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA can impose civil penalties up to $ 27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $ 250,000 and / or imprisonment for up to three (3) years. “

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