FAA Drone Registration

Do I have to Register?

Registration is Required, Beginning December 21st, 2015:

The FAA is requiring hobbyists and professionals alike to register their drones. You are legally required to register if your drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds (lbs) but no more than 55 pounds. Take a look at the list to the right to see if your drone is a YES. Drones over 55 pounds are still required but are handled differently. Hobbyists, myself included, need to goto the FAA’s website (Click Here) and register their drone by February 19, 2016. After which the law goes into effect and you could be fined large amounts of money if caught flying outside without registration.

The good news is, if you login before January 21, 2016 you can register your drone for FREE! Yes you have to pay $5 upfront with a credit card and then you will be refunded shortly after. The upside to this is that you will be registered until 2019 AND this registration is good for ALL of your drones. When i registered, i wasn’t even asked which drone(s) i owned and after the system gave me my registration number, i was instructed to write it on all of my drones. It was easy and convenient at least. I want to add that within 24 hours the refund showed up in my bank account.

Although this is an inconvenience and hassle, not to mention one more way for big brother to keep their hands in our lives and pockets, i will say that we don’t have it that bad really. If you think about it, for $5 (or FREE if done before 1/21/16) you can register online and get a number that will allow you to fly any and all of your drones (within weight limit) for 3 years. I personally would have registered now even if my drone wasn’t on the list. I say this because i am writing this before 1/21/2016 so it is free and also because if i upgrade my drone i will still be covered. I would hate to be out flying and get caught and have to pay a fine because I didn’t want to pay $5 or be hassled by inconvenience…..that’s just my two cents.

Check out the video below for detailed instructions on how to register your drone. You can decide for yourself if this is worth the effort. Happy flying and let’s do our part to keep the hobby fun and safe for all.

Written by hobbyist and Youtuber, Tony Boston

Drones Affected

Drone Model Do I Have to Register it? Weight (lbs)
3DR
Iris+
Yes 2.8
3DR
Solo (with gimbal)
Yes 3.9
3DR
Solo (without gimbal)
Yes 3.3
Air
Hogs Millenium Falcon
No 0.1
Blade
180 QX HD
No 0.2
Blade
200 QX
No 0.4
Blade
350 QX3
Yes 2.1
Blade
Chroma w/ 1080p camera
Yes 3.1
Blade
Chroma w/ 4K camera
Yes 3.1
Blade
Chroma w/ GoPro-ready gimbal
Yes 3.1
Blade
Chroma w/ fixed GoPro mount
Yes 3.1
Blade
Glimpse FPV HD camera
No 0.2
Blade
Inductrix Quadcopter
No 0.04
Blade
Mach25 FPV Racer
Yes 1.1
Blade
Nano QX 3D
No 0.06
Blade
Nano QX FPV BNF w/out Headset
No 0.05
Blade
Nano QX FPV RTF
No 0.05
Blade
Nano QX RTF
No 0.04
Blade
Pico QX RTF
No 0.02
Blade
Vortex 250 Pro
Yes 0.9
Cheerson
CX-10C Nano
No 0.03
Cheerson
CX-STARS Mini
No 0.01
DJI
Inspire 1
Yes 6.5
DJI
Inspire Pro
Yes 6.3
DJI
Phantom 3 Advanced
Yes 2.8
DJI
Phantom 3 Professional
Yes 2.8
DJI
Phantom 3 Standard
Yes 2.7
Estes
Proto-N
No 0.02
Estes
Proto-X
No 0.03
Estes
Proto-X FPV
No 0.13
Estes
Proto-X SLT
No 0.03
Estes
Proto-X Vid
No 0.04
Estes
Proto-Z
No 0.04
Extreme
Fliers Micro Drone 2.0
No 0.08
Helimax
1SQ
No 0.07
Helimax
1SQ V-cam
No 0.07
Helimax
1Si (with camera)
No 0.1
Helimax
230Si (with camera)
No 0.3
Helimax
FORM500
Yes 3.1
Helimax
Voltage 500 – 3D
Yes 2
Hubsan
x4 (H107L)
No 0.5
Hubsan
x4 FPV
Yes 0.8
Hubsan
x4 Nano
No 0.03
Hubsan
x4 Pro
Yes 2.3
Hubsan
x4 camera
No 0.1
Parrot
AR.Drone 2.0 (Elite Edition)
Yes 0.9
Parrot
Airborne Cargo minidrone
No 0.1
Parrot
Airborne Night minidrone
No 0.1
Parrot
Bebop
Yes 0.9
Parrot
Bebop 2
Yes 1.1
Parrot
Rolling Spider minidrone
No 0.1
Quanum
Nova
Yes 1.9
Sky
Viper m200 Nano
No 0.06
Sky
Viper s670 Stunt Drone
No 0.1
Sky
Viper v950 HD
No 0.3
Syma X5 No 0.2
Syma
X5C
No 0.2
UDI
U207 Nano Drone
No 0.05
UDI
U818A HD
Yes 0.8
UDI
U818A-1 Discovery (HD model, not lighter WiFi model)
Yes 0.8
UDI
U842 Falcon
Yes 0.8
Walkera
Furious 320
Yes 1.8
Walkera
QR X350 PRO
Yes 3
Walkera
QR X350 Premium
Yes 3.6
Walkera
QR X900
Yes 15.3
Walkera
Runner 250
Yes 1.2
Walkera
Scout X4
Yes 4
Walkera
Tali H500
Yes 4.5
Walkera
Voyager 3
Yes 8
Walkera
Voyager 3 GoPro
Yes 8
Yuneec
Typhoon G
Yes 3.7
Yuneec
Typhoon Q500 4K
Yes 3.7
Yuneec
Typhoon Q500+
Yes 3.7