FAA Says Drone Registration Will Be Do-It-Yourself


Some enterprising business folks are offering to help drone owners with the FAA’s coming registration process, for a fee, but the FAA said today that owners should wait before parting with any cash. Drone users “should know they probably won’t need help registering their drones when the system is in place,” the FAA said in a news release. “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.” An FAA task force is working to develop recommendations for the registration rules, with a deadline of this Friday, Nov. 20. A Google search turned up one online solicitation from a company that’s offering to provide a “simplified process” to help clients obtain a drone registration with the U.S. government that’s “quick, easy, secure, and worry free” for a starting price of $24.99.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the task force to provide guidance on a streamlined unmanned aircraft registration process that will be simple and easy to complete, and to suggest whichtypes of drones would need to be registered and which would not.The task force agreed and isworking on recommendations for a system that’s similar to registering any newly purchased product with its manufacturer, as well asrecommendations for aminimum weight for unmanned aircraft that must be registered, the FAA said.