Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones) must be registered with the FAA. When registering your drone, you must select to register either under part 107 or the Exception for Recreational Flyers. If you are not sure what kind of a drone flyer you are, check out our User Identification Tool or visit our Getting Started webpage to learn more.
- All drones must be registered, except those that weigh .55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) and are flown exclusively under the Exception for Recreational Flyers.
- Drones registered under part 107 may be flown for recreational purposes as well as under part 107.
- Drones registered under the Exception for Recreational Flyers cannot be flown for Part 107 operations.
How to Register
Information Needed to Register:
- Email address
- Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)
- Make and model of your drone (if flying under part 107)
- Credit or debit card
- Part 107 registration costs $5 per drone and is valid for three (3) years.
- The Exception for Recreational Flyers registration costs $5 and is valid for three (3) years. The registration number you receive is for use on all drones that you own and intend on using for recreational flying only.
- Once registered, drone registration cannot be transferred between the types (part 107 or the Exception for Recreational Flyers) without an additional $5 fee.
In order to register you must be:
- 13 years of age or older (if the owner is less than 13 years of age, a person 13 years of age or older must register the drone)
- A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
- For foreign operators the FAA will consider the certificate issued to be a recognition of ownership rather than a certificate of U.S. aircraft registration.
Where to Register:
- Register a drone online at FAA DroneZone (drone must weigh less than 55 pounds)
- Register a drone by mail
After You Register
Once you register your drone, you will receive an FAA registration certificate. You must have your registration certificate (either a paper copy or digital copy) in your possession when you fly. If another individual operates your drone, they must have your drone registration certificate (either a paper or digital copy) in their possession. Federal law requires drone operators who are required to register, to show their certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked.
Failure to register a drone that requires registration may result in regulatory and criminal penalties. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three (3) years.
Label Your Drone
The FAA requires that you mark all drones with your registration number before you fly them. Here is how to label your drone:
- Label your drone (PDF)
Renew Your Drone Registration
When your drone registration expires, you need to renew your registration at the FAA DroneZone. If you are having trouble logging into the DroneZone, you may need to reset your password (PDF). Be sure to use the email address you used when you originally registered your drone with the FAA.
Drone Registration Data and Additional Information
- You can find a geographic list of drone registry enrollments and registrants on our website.
- Read the Aircraft Registration Records System of Records Notice (PDF)
- Read 14 CFR Part 48–Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft to learn more.