How To Register Your Drone

How To Register A Drone

how to register a drone
There is an increased use of camera drones now in our society by individuals or even by organizations. However, before you use that drone you need to know about the rules and regulations of flying a drone. It is a requirement in the Federal law to have all aircraft registered to ensure safety for you, for others on the ground and also manned aircraft. It will also be easier to trace your drone if it gets lost or an incident occurs.

The Federal Aviation Administration has released rules and regulations regarding drones. All small drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds must be registered before they are operated.

The following is how to register a drone.

  1. You need to be a US citizen so as to qualify and must be above 13years of age. For the non- citizens they can only get a certificate of ownership but not registration.
  2. You must provide your complete name, physical and mailing address and email address.  You will use your email address to login ID into your account.
  3. Give your drone manufacturer, the model name, and its serial number if you are going to use the drone for other purposes than a model aircraft. If you intend to use your drone for a model or recreational purposes, then there is no need for any information. If you have more than one drone, then each should have a certificate of its own.
  4. The system is online, a web-based system aimed only for small unmanned aircraft. It is quick, easy and it provides a registration certificate immediately to the registrant. Electronically, drone registration is done at If the unmanned aircraft is more than 55 pounds, the paper forms need to be filed.
  5. The registration fee is $5 and it is charged so that it can help pay for the web-based registry system, its maintenance and improving the system. For any active aircraft, renewal is after three years.
  6. Once you have finalized the process, you will receive a unique number for your drone. The number can be physically marked on your aircraft by use of a sticker or you can use a sharp item to write on the hull.

You will also need to remember the rules of flying so as to avoid conflict. These rules are:

  1. Fly within an altitude of 400 feet or less.
  2. Don’t fly an aircraft that is more than 55 pounds.
  3. It should be within your sight at all times when flying.
  4. Don’t fly the drone near manned aircraft, especially near the airports. Fly at least 5 miles away.
  5. Don’t fly near emergency response units, over a group of people, sporting event or stadium.

You will need a certificate (either electronic or paper) from FAA showing that you are authorized to fly a drone and should be available upon request. Failure to index your drone will result in you being penalized of upto$27,500 and criminal penalties include fines up to $250,000 and /or three years imprisonment.

For more information, please visit the FAA‘s website.

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