FAA To Require Recreational Drone Registration

The Federal Aviation Administration today announced recreational drone operators will be required to register their aircraft.

DJI Inspire 1

The announcement by the FAA came after increasing reports of drones interfering with commercial aircraft or even hindering firefighters at work.

“There can be no accountability if the person breaking the rules can’t be identified,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.


The FAA has created a task force of more than two dozen people to create guidelines or a national registry by Nov. 20, 2015.

The timing of the new registration is intended to coincide with the holiday season, when about 1 million drones are expected to be sold.

Not surprisingly, drone enthusiasts are not thrilled with the mandatory registry.

While details won’t be available for about a month, the Associated Press reports that small “toy” drones will likely be exempt from the registration.

Regardless, it looks like the days of a drone free-for-all are about to end. For hobbyists and videographers, we hope the government makes this hoop easy to jump through.

Read the entire FAA press release on Page 2.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.