The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary
Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the
task force recommendations.
“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. “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
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all
aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has
previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model
aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than
February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as
a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before
the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based
process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using
the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years
old to register.
Owners may register through a web-based system at: www.faa.gov/uas/registration
Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and
e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the
web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft
Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique
identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will
only have to register once and may use the same identification
number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for
The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage
as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is
waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to
Jan 20, 2016).
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will
be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator
Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these
new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace
rules and understand they are accountable to the public for
The online registration system does not yet support registration
of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation
– for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a
business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow
such online registrations by spring of 2016.
The full rule can be viewed here: www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/20151213_IFR.pdf
For questions regarding this notice, contact Ken Kelley, AFS-850
by email at Ken.R.Kelley@faa.gov or by telephone at (775)
858-7700 Ex 258.
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