Without a doubt, drones were hot sellers this past holiday season and as many received them as gifts, just as many need to register their drone with the federal aviation administration. Whether you are an enthusiast or new to aerial experience, it is important to protect yourself. Recently the FAA launched a registration site because laws have been put in place requiring owners do so. While some may not necessarily be thrilled, added process comes at a time when users are flying into restricted areas like airports and stadiums causing security risk
At any rate, the FAA is asking owners to register their drones if they weigh more than .55 pounds or greater. Also, if you can attach a camera to your drone and plan to use it for aerial photography or footage, you must add the weight of the camera to the overall weight of the drone. Unfortunately, failure to register a drone that meets the weight requirements might end up with some civil or criminal penalties if you are caught flying an unregistered drone.
So, in short, it's best to protect yourself and your drone by registering it as soon as you can. The FAA is charging a $5 fee for registration that's good for three years, however, you can possibly have it waived if you bought your drone before December 21 and you register it before February 19th.
While the registration shouldn't hinder people from buying drones online, it does apply to owners who are at least 13 years of age or older and if the owner is younger than 13 years old, the FAA requires someone, like a parent, to register the drone. It's important to keep some rules in mind when flying your drone like never letting it out of your eyesight, not flying it above 400 feet and avoiding heavily populated areas like stadiums and airports.
Like with most things, there are rules and laws set in place to promote safety, but nonetheless, you can still enjoy flying your drone as long as you are responsible.