The owner must be:
If you fail to register your drone, you could be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including fines of up to $250,000 and/or up to 3 years in jail.
For Drones weighing more than 55lbs, the FAA requires you to register by paper. Register UAS that weigh more than 55 lbs. by paper here.
Flying for Fun
Flying for Work
|Pilot Requirements||No pilot requirements||
Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
|Aircraft Requirements||Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.||Must be less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation
|Location Requirements||5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control||Class G airspace*|
|Operating Rules||Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines
Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
|Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
|Example Applications||Educational or recreational flying only||Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
|Legal or Regulatory Basis||Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
|Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107|