FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration

If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

Register before January 20, 2016 and your $5 registration fee will be refunded!

Owners may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration

Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all [model] aircraft.  Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system.  Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.’

Commercial Operators

  •   Commercial operators of small UAS in this weight range will be able to use the new online registration system beginning on March 31, 2016. Until that time, commercial operators must use the existing paper-based registration system.
  •   Commercial operators are required to register each individual UAS (unlike hobbyists) and pay a US$5 registration fee for each application. Registration lasts three years, and there is a US$5 renewal fee for each renewal. These fees are the same as those currently required under the paper-based registration system.
  •   Commercial operators are required to provide UAS-specific information in addition to basic contact information. The owner will receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration with a registration number for each individual UAS registered.
  • Although each UAS must be assigned a unique registration number, commercial operators will be given a single online profile that allows them to manage the registration application process for each UAS.
  • There is no requirement to re-register UAS that have already been registered under the existing system. Operators may continue using the existing registration system or, alternatively, switch over to the new registration system when the registration is renewed.

    (Source: http://ehoganlovells.com/rv/ff00244e8f2f887c575fb86c94489ed69e8f7bdc)

More details can be found here