How to Register a Drone

If your drone's the size of a paperclip—or weighs less than half a pound—you don't have to worry about FAA registration. But in most cases, you'll need to do so. The steps below will help you register your drone in 3 quick steps.

Step 1 - Register Online

It's easy to register your drone with the FAA and takes just a few minutes. Registration requirements vary depending on if you are flying for hobby purposes (most common) or non-hobby purposes (like for a business, government, or non-profit organization). Registration costs just $5/year and is good for 3 years. After 3 years, you'll need to return to the website and register again.

You should register your drone online if it weighs 0.55-55 pounds. Drones over 55 pounds (this is rare) should contact Customer Support for assistance with the paper-based registration process. The links to register your drone online are below.


Step 2 - Print Certificate of Registration

Shortly after registering you'll receive an email containing your Certificate of Registration. Print this out and keep it with you when flying your drone. It's small enough that it can fit in your wallet. You can also purchase a drone ID card which is much tougher than a piece of paper and is also waterproof. The important thing to remember is that flying your drone without your Certificate of Registration is like driving a car without your driver's license—you might not get caught, but if you do, it can be a huge hassle!

A sample Certificate of Registration is below.

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Step 3 - Label Drone

There's just one last step before you can grab those charged up drone batteries and run outside! Your drone needs to be labeled. Check out our infographic below for some tips on drone labeling. You can click the image to enlarge it. If you decide to use an actual label (instead of engraving or a permanent marker), we offer them on our website here and they can be purchased when you register your drone.