UAV Registration

UAV Registration

On December 21st, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration officially launched the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration Service. This service is the result of a coalition put together by the FAA to develop a framework for registering UAV systems. As was established in Huerta v. Pirker, "any device" that is "capable of flight" is an "aircraft." Due to this, rules governing aircraft also apply to UAVs, including rules related to registering aircraft. For this reason, the FAA has developed an online Registration Service in order to allow people to register their UAVs online and become compliant with current registration rules. The online portal is available to both hobbyist and commercial UAV Pilots, both of which are required to register their aircraft if it weighs over 0.55 lbs.

Online Registration

The FAA has developed the online sUAS Registration portal in order to allow people to register their UAVs online and become compliant with current registration rules. To register your UAV online, please click on the picture or on the link below. When you reach the portal you will provide your email address and a password and then verify your account via email. You will then provide your name and address and proceed to a checkout page. There, you will be charged $5 for registering. If you are a commercial user, a $5.00 fee will be assessed for every registration number you receive. Additionally, because the commercial registration is more detailed than the hobbyist registration and requires a serial number, you will need a unique UAV Registration Number for each UAV you use commercially. Furthermore, you must mark all your aircraft prior to operating them. Operating without a legible and accessible registration number affixed to the aircraft is grounds for fines from the FAA.

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Online Registration
UAV Registration is Important

UAV Registration is Important

As was established in Huerta v. Pirker, an "aircraft" is "any device capable of flight." Due to this broad definition, UAVs are considered aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration and are required to be registered. The FAA has deemed some micro-UAVs (below 0.55 lbs or 250 grams) as exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, all UAV-craft should be registered, whether they are part of a licensed commercial operation or a Christmas gift. Due to this, it is important to register your UAV system as the FAA has stated drone owners,

"Will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if they meet the criteria to register a drone and do not register."

Furthermore, if you are operating a UAV System and that system is not marked with your registration number and/or you do not possess a registration number, you could be fined. For this reason you should be registering your aircraft online.