Last Friday, I wrote about the FAA consumer drone registration deadline. Well, the deadline of Friday, February 19th, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. CT has come and gone. Please, if you haven’t registered yet, register now. It’s worth your time and money to protect yourself from possible penalties – both financial and legal.
The agency says “failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions.”
“The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500,” the FAA said in a frequently asked questions post on its website. “Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.”
The FAA is imposing a $5 fee for registrations, over the objections of drone advocates, but the agency provided refunds people who registered their drones within the first 30 days of the new requirement.
The math is simple here folks, spend $5 to avoid being fined between $27,500 to $250,000. It should be a no-brainer. You can register your drone at the FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration Service website.