If you get a drone for Christmas, unwrap it and then register it with the Federal Aviation Administration or you could face penalties.
The FAA recently announced the new rule for owners of small unmanned aircrafts.
The administration has created a streamlined, web-based process for registering drones that weigh more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
People who register will be asked to provide their name, home address and email address. After registering, drone owners will get a unique ID number—which must also be marked on the aircraft, according to the FAA.
The registration--which opens on December 21-- will give you a valid number for three years. There will be a $5 fee with registering, but if you do it before January 20, 2016—it will be waived.
The FAA notes this registration process is only for recreational and hobby purposes. It does not yet include drones for use by businesses.