Monday was the first day for the new FAA drone registration website, but if you were trying to get a jump on things early in the day, you might have been disappointed as the website was still not up and running at lunchtime. Although it is now up and ready to process your registration application for your drone, yesterday’s message said it was in the process of being updated, reports KIRO TV.com on December 21.
That doesn’t seem like the correct message for a website that hadn’t gone live as of yet, but this appears to be par for the course with the launching of government websites. If you can remember back to the Obamacare website for healthcare plans, this website sputtered and popped when getting started, much like attempting to turn over an old car engine.
If your drone weighs more than .55 pounds or more, you need to register your drone. You can do this by heading over to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration.
Apparently calling this a drone registration website would make it too easy for folks to find, so an unmanned aircraft system is what you will be registering aka, the drone! Now that the drone registration site is up and running you will need to click on before January 20th if you want the FAA to waive the $5 registration fee. After the 20th that fee will apply, reports Yahoo News today.
The rules are simple and the registration process is easy. As for drones purchased on or after December 20, 2015, you have to register your device before its first flight. Those of you who have owned a drone before December 20, you have 60 days from December 20 to register, with the last day being February 19, 2016. The fee for any drone, which was purchased before December 20, will also be waved up until January 20.
According to Yahoo News today, not registering your drone, weighing more than .55 pounds, could result in some hefty fines as the FAA is not fooling around with this. Yahoo writes, “Specifically, the FAA may hit you with a civil fine up to $27,500. Criminal penalties, meanwhile, include fines that can go as high as $250,000 and the threat of “imprisonment for up to three years.”
The registration is free right now, so why not take advantage of that? The $5 fee that starts at the end of next month is very reasonable, especially in the scope of the monetary fortune in fines you can find yourself with for not complying with the registration process. There you have it, the registration rules for your unmanned aircraft!