If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (and that’s pretty much every drone that isn’t a toy like the Parrot MiniDrone), you have until February 19, 2016 to register it. If you buy a new drone after today, you don’t get that kind of leniency. You’ll have to register before your first outdoor flight.
Registration will be free for the next 30 days (you’ll still have to enter your credit card information for verification, but the FAA will refund you your $5 almost immediately). After that, it’ll cost $5. Registrations are valid for three years.
The good news is that if you own multiple drones, you’ll only have to register once and then you can use the same registration number for all of your drones. You can own as many drones as you can afford.
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