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Drone Owners Won’t Need Third Party Help With Registration, According to FAA

By Hanssie on November 22nd 2015

As the world waits for the FAA to announce details on the upcoming registration that will be required of drone owners (okay, maybe just in my little corner of the world), it seems that outside firms may be looking at a potential money making opportunity. Earlier this week on their website, the FAA updated everyone with the reassurance that drone registration will be easy enough that you “probably won’t need help registering [your] drones when the system is in place.”


Apparently, at least one “drone registration firm” popped up offering to assist drone owners in registering their UAVs (for a nominal fee, I’d presume). The FAA states that “owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to do the work for them.” Yesterday, the task force delivered its proposals to the FAA about a month after the announcement of the mandated registration. Representatives from 25 companies, including Amazon and Google, were asked to create the proposal. The proposal and thousands of comments from the general public will now be reviewed by the Department of Transport, and an interim rule will be put in place in December with the enforcement coming before the new year.


Trying to beat the holiday rush of anticipated drone sales and the concerns of more drone accidents and incidents, the government is working as fast as it can to set up this process. With numerous reports on drones been flown too close to commercial airliners, interfering with firefighters battling blazes in California, and the anticipation of thousands of drones being sold this holiday season, it is the hope of the FAA that this registry will help prevent or locate those that are reckless with their UAVs.

Forthcoming are a set of rules for commercial drones as well, but those will not be released until 2017.

[Via Fstoppers/FAA/PC World]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Stephen Glass

    Is it wrong to buy a drone if you have no professional reason to use it?

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