The Federal Aviation Administration has opened the doors for operators to register their drones and other unmanned aircraft systems. Owner can fly unregistered until February 19th, but after that they could see hefty civil and federal penalties.
If your unmanned aircraft weighs between 0.55lbs (250g) and 55lbs (25kg), they are eligible for registration through the FAA’s UAS process. Anything larger will have to go through Aircraft Registry.
Operators will also have to register larger drones—outside of the 0.55lbs and 55lbs weight class—if they can be used for commercial purposes, anything other than recreation, or if they will be used outside the U.S.
Unmanned aircrafts matching any or all of these will have to go through paper registration. The FAA gives examples of aircraft that fly under the registration process and they’re basically very small UAS, most of which can fit in the palm of your hand.
Currently it will only be $5 to register UAS and can be done online. If operators register before January 20th, they will get a refund on the registration fee.