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.
- Under part 107 all drones must be registered (regardless of weight). Drones registered under 107 may be operated under part 107 or the Exception for Recreational Flyers.
- Under the Exception for Recreational Flyers drones must be registered if they weigh more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams). Drones registered under the Exception for Recreational Flyers can only be operated under those rules.
- Registrations cannot be transferred between part 107 and the Exception for Recreational Flyers.
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.
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*
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)
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)