You Are Now Required To Register Your Drone


Whether you agree with the FAA’s requirement to register your drone if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) so you can fly it outdoors for fun as a hobby this is now the law as of 12/21/2015.

I would rather ensure my drones are registered rather than face the possibility of a civil penalty up to $27,500. I know I won’t be using them for any criminal activity so I will definitely not face the prospect of fines up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years. You can view the full rule here

When registering you complete the form with your name, home address, email address, etc. and you will be issued with a unique registration number, you can also use your drone’s serial number when registering. The problem I foresee with using the serial number is if you change drones you have to go through the process of registration once again. If you are issued with the FAA unique registration number it covers any drones you have. You can click HERE to go to the FAA website to register your drone/UAS

Drones/UAS have to be marked with your registration number and this can be done using labels, engraving or using a permanent marker and the number must be readily accessible, readable and legible for visual inspection. You may put the registration number in your battery compartment if you don’t want a visible number on external areas of the drone.

If you would like professionally produced labels for your drone as one way of complying with the FAA regulations then go to Drone Registration Label who can provide them for you.

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    Michael Huerta,

    really hard working professional behind model drone registration with FAA


    Your registration is valid for three years, and you can register an unlimited number of aircraft that you intend to use for recreational purposes.


  • regarding multiple UAVs.. this is straight off of the FAA website right now. "Your registration is valid for three years. Once you receive a registration number, you can use it on all of your unmanned aircraft if they meet the online registration criteria. You must mark the registration number on all aircraft you own. Read about How to Label Your UAS (PDF)."

  • Coastwise, that's a keen idea! In the absence of any bizarre requirements (like giant licence plates on British motorcycles), why not? 

  • Jack, the site states that  text can be modified at no extra cost or time, so apparently one can suit one's self. 

  • @Ernst,

    replace UAS Pilot


    small UAS Operator

    since registration with FAA is for small UAS (model aircraft drone) operator.

  • My question is just putting the number on all my batteries with a silver marker would be good enough, as the drone flying would be using a battery (Obviously).

    Ask John Wheeler.
  • Your ID number is good for as many drones as you own. You put the same number on each one. 

    My question is just putting the number on all my batteries with a silver marker would be good enough, as the drone flying would be using a battery (Obviously).

  • Labels? Vee dont neeed no steeenking labels! Use a Fisher ball point pen or (gasp) a Sharpie and scribble your reg number inside your battery compartment or on a piece of white tape somewhere, how hard can that be for us DIY types?? But how about this, for keeping that demented neighbor from sicing his Rottweiler on you, or keeping a crazed park ranger from tazing you in the back on sight?:

    Safety vests for FAA registered and/or licensed drone pilots
    Vests that identify you as a legitimate operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Would we be a bit safer if we were to put two registration labels on in case one falls off or gets scratched up ?
  • John, Of course I will use a waterproof felt tip pen! Like the rest of us I don't want to go to jail for up to 3 years on a felony charge nor do I want to pay a civil penalty of $27,500, or a $250,000 fine for faded, weathered numbers.
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