Not only do you need to understand the regulations that the country you are in has put into place, you may also need to register your drone. What do you need to do to make sure your drone is registered? In this video, Richard Harrington and Francis Torres walk through how to register your drone, specifically in the United States.
- Now the exact policy on registration will vary country by country, but we're gonna talk about the one for the FAA, which affects the United States. You may find other similar policies in other countries, so make sure you check with your local government. Now, we've done a simple web search here for FAA drone registration, and we almost got caught here Frances. There's a whole bunch of different websites that come up that aren't real, right? - [Frances] Yeah, there's a lot of weird fake things going on, so we just wanna make sure that you get the right website to register your drone.
So these here that end in .com are not real, the federal government does not pay to run ads on Google to try to capture your traffic. So what we're looking at here is the actual one for FAA.gov, in this case it's registermyuas.ffa.gov. And when we go here, this is the federal aviation administration and it's basically walking us through if we need to register. So first up, if it weighs over half a pound, and less than 55 pounds, you have to register it. - [Frances] Yes, correct.
If it weighs more than 55 pounds, technically it's not allowed, but you may get special permission from the FAA depending on the business that you're running. - [Host] Because we're looking at about five, six pounds here. - [Frances] Yeah it's not that big. - [Host] Okay, so this tells us that if we have to register, and then we have to register depending upon what we're doing, so we'll make a new account here, and I'll click register, and it's gonna ask me to put in email and a password. So we'll do that. And I'll assign a password.
And create. And now it wants us to verify that. So we have to make sure that we actually have the email account. So we get a confirmation email to make sure that we are actually who we say we are, and I click and now it's gonna take me back to the site. So it gives us some basic terms of service here, and read through these, right, you are making a legal agreement here with the government. And I click I agree, and we'll log in. And so now we really have to make an important choice here, and I'm following under the model aircraft account, I fly my UAS for recreation and while I take pictures with it I'm not selling these pictures or licensing it, I'm doing this as a hobby.
My kids enjoy flying. Eventually I may go through getting certified, and there are a whole bunch of different steps with that to get your certification, but you've already done that so you would fall under this other category of I fly my UAS commercially, correct? - [Frances] Correct, yes, the registration is gonna be different for commercial users and for hobbyist users. Hobbyist users only need one registration, whereas the commercial users need multiple registrations for every aircraft that they own. - So in my case, I own two drones, this means that I can use the same registration number on all of my drones, but Frances in your case, we have multiple drones, you have to register each one separately.
- Correct, yes, I own an Inspire One and a Maverick Pro. And I do intend to use those commercially, so I have a registration number for each one of those. - [Host] All right, so let's do this here as a model aircraft and it's just gonna ask you for basic information, so you'd fill that in, it tells you the registration fee, it's a $5 registration fee, they're not trying to get rich off this program. - [Frances] No not at all. - [Host] And it's gonna give you a unique number, now what'll we have to do with this number? - [Frances] What you have to do with this number is you have to make sure that it's visibly seen on your aircraft, or at least be able to see it without having to go into the hardware of the craft.
- Okay, so some people will choose to obscure it because they get a little nervous about identification numbers but it needs to be there, so mainly if somebody finds this, if this was involved in an accident it can be found, so I've already set up an account, let me just log in here really quick. And I'll see that in my account, I now have my registration number. So why don't you go ahead and use the label maker there and let's get this drone labeled. All right, so go ahead and print that out. You can user a label maker, you can write with a sharpie marker, but your number might change when you reregister, right? - Correct.
- So now this will print out and I would suggest putting it on your controller, putting it on the device, go ahead and cut that, we'll label this. I also see that we have the ability here to print a certificate and email a certificate. - [Frances] I would print this out so that way you have easy access to a registration number in case an FAA agent comes over and asks you about your drone. - And I just took the label here, and I'm just gonna stick this on to the bottom of the drone, so it's registered, there we go. And over time, if that shows wear or tear, you're supposed to replace it, right? - Correct.
- Okay, all right, well that now has my registration number on it, so I can fly safely, and I'll print this card out, keep a copy in my glove compartment box, put a copy in the drone bag so we have it. I also see that they've summarized some of the safety rules, and we're gonna talk about these later, but there's really only seven rules that they put out. - [Frances] Yeah, especially for hobbyists, the rules are a little different when it comes to a commercial users. - [Host] All right, so this is a hobbyist registration. If you are gonna fly professionally, there's a few more steps and you guys can explore that there.
Is the fee still $5 for professionals. - Correct, it's gonna be $5, but for every drone, not just a $5 whole like the model aircraft user. - And when you register you should be registered for three years, you will need to reregister when this expires, obviously the registration program has not been out for three years yet, but I'm assuming that they will send you some sort of reminder as you get closer to that registration deadline. So make sure your device is registered, and that you have your registration number on your device. Frances, do you also put your contact information on your drone if it were to fall and flag, do you have it so somebody can call you if you lost it? - Yes, definitely, I always have it in case I crash.
I have my number in there and my email so that people can contact me. A better incentive for them is if I put the words reward on there, that way people will be like, oh, I can return this and get some money out of it, or whatever. - Yeah I do that actually on all of my devices, all my hard drives that I fly on airplanes with, it says reward if found. And I've had to pay out a few rewards, but it's better to get the device back. So putting that there and putting your contact information is also great because it means that if somebody finds your device, they have no excuse not to reach out to return it to you.
All right, well now that your device is registered, or if you have not yet done that, make sure you do it before you fly. This is a requirement right, you can't just buy a drone and say I'm gonna test fly and then I'll register if I like it. - Yeah, you have to have drone registered. If an agent catches you without a registration and you're flying it, they're gonna come over and try to fine you for it. - Great, so make sure you have this, and I would also suggest you can log in, do a copy of this pdf, print it, email it to yourself, save it to your camera roll, have a couple copies of this, because when it comes to carrying government registration papers, my suggestion is you have more than one copy and you have it so it's easy to find.
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- Taking your drone on a commercial airline
- Understanding weather conditions that affect flight
- Essential flight techniques for photographers
- Monitoring remotely
- Shooting raw photos
- Establishing a landing zone
- Shooting panoramic and HDR images from a drone
- Developing HDR images