Registering Your Drone with the FAA: Does a Mavic Mini Need to be Registered?
This fall, DRONELIFE had the privilege of speaking on a panel with representatives from the FAA. After some discussion, we decided to collaborate on a series of articles pointing out some of the most common mistakes and misconceptions about drone regulations. We know that the vast majority of drone pilots make an effort to follow the rules: we’re doing our part by getting the word out on some issues that may be unclear.
The answer is: sometimes.
Some of us remember the simple formula that explained the rules about registering your drone when the program was first introduced in 2015: drones that weigh less than 250 grams – about the size of two sticks of butter – don’t require registration. That was five years ago, however, and the drone industry has changed significantly since then. That formula no longer applies across the board since the implementation of Part 107, enabling commercial operations in the U.S.