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If you own a drone, or get one for Christmas, you’ll now be required to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.) According to Mashable,

The FAA made the announcement yesterday (December 14th) that new drone owners must register “before the first flight outdoors.” The new rule applies to all drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds– including any on-board equipment like cameras– and goes into effect on December 21st when the registration website goes live. Current drone owners have until February 19th, 2016 before they must apply for their Certificate of Aircraft registration, which must be displayed in their drones. It’ll cost $5 for each operator to register, no matter how many drones they own. That license will have to be renewed every three years. Not registering could potentially cost you a lot more, the FAA says it could assess penalties up to $27,500, and criminal penalties are much higher.

I was wondering when the FAA was going to start some sort of regulation on drones. I now have my answer.

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