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FAA Requiring Owners to Register Drones

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Owners will now have to register their drones in order to operate them. Owners will now have to register their drones in order to operate them.

NBC RIGHT NOW- The Federal Aviation Administration will require drones to be registered starting December 21st, in order for owners to operate them.  

The Federal Aviation Administration expects the law to take effect on December 21st.   Owners 13 years and older with drones weighing more than half a pound are required to register through the FAA's website.  Registration is free for the first 30 days or until January 20th.  After that, there will be a $5 fee.

Owner of Hobby Town USA in Kennewick explained that having owners register, will make it easier in to find out who is flying it if there was some sort of accident. 

"These things have serial numbers on them. They have all kinds of information.  They're like a mini computer. So, if someone was flying this trying to get a video of an airplane and they crash with the airplane, then they can go back and find out who it was," said Jeremy Mansius, Owner of Hobby Town USA.

Owners that do not register could face some fines, possibly more than $1,000 and even up to $27,000, according to the FAA's website. 

The FAA wants to make it easier to work with and identify drone owners. 

For more information on the FAA's regulations on drones and how to register, click here.
 

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