Drones were a hot holiday gift this year, and if you’re among the lucky ones who unwrapped one, here are a few things for you to know.
Flying a drone is as fun as it is challenging. You’ll learn to maneuver around obstacles like trees and rooftops, and you’ll practice navigating wind and greasing landings. Best Buy has a great Drone Buying Guide that can help you ensure you get all you can out of your drone-flying experience.
But before you take to the skies, you may also need to register with the FAA – a federal requirement, even for recreational use – and it’s super easy.
What needs to be registered?
You. If you plan to fly a drone that weighs 0.55 pounds or more, you have a couple of things to do before you take off. (If a drone operator is under 13 years of age, then a parent/guardian needs to register for him or her.)
Visit www.faa.gov/uas/registration, and under “Top Tasks” (on the right side), click “Register Your UAS” and follow the prompts.
How much does registration cost?
How long is registration valid?
What happens if an operator doesn’t register?
You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and do not register. State and local laws might vary, so check with your local jurisdiction on additional requirements or restrictions.