Recreational Drone Users
You must register your drone or model aircraft if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds. If you are planning to fly recreationally, you must fly under the requirements of Part 107 or follow all the requirements of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. You can learn more and register your unmanned aircraft at the FAA’s registration website.
Commercial and Public Drone Users
As of March 31, 2016, public, commercial and other non-model aircraft UAS operators may use the new online registration system. During the registration process, users will have to identify whether they are operating a model aircraft for recreational purposes or operating a UAS for business or government use.
Non-model aircraft will receive a unique Certificate of Aircraft Registration for each aircraft.
Operators can still continue to use the existing paper-based registration system.