Does My Drone Need to be Registered with the FAA?

Drone registration begins Dec. 21, 2015. Use this chart to see whether your drone needs to be registered with the FAA.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is launching its drone registration system on Dec. 21, 2015. Any drone that weighs between 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kilograms) will need to be registered.

There’s a $5 fee to register, but the FAA will refund your money if you register before Jan. 20, 2016. For those who already own a drone or will own a drone before Dec. 21, 2015, you must register by Feb. 19, 2016. Anyone who becomes a first-time drone owner after Dec. 21, 2015 must register before their first flight outdoors.

If you’re not sure if your drone needs to be registered, you could weigh it or check out this handy chart put together by the fine folks over at Wired (recreated below). The FAA put together its own chart with a few examples, but Wired has compiled a much more comprehensive list of popular drones and will continue to update its chart.

As you can see below, the more sophisticated consumer drones will certainly need to be registered. Many have said this will lead to an influx of nano-sized drones, such as these 249- and 165-gram drones from Redditors BlindingBright and PhliesPhloatsPhucks, respectively.

For the growing number of anti-registration folks out there, we’ve compiled some of the top nano-sized drones you can buy today and won’t have to register. Again, they come with limitations, but they’ll certainly help you get your drone fix.

If you want a quick glance at which drones need and don’t need to be registered, check out the chart below.

Drone Name
Do I Need to Register This Drone?
Weight (lbs)
3D Iris+
3DR Solo (with gimbal)Yes
3DR Solo (without gimbal)Yes3.3$1,000
Air Hogs Millenium FalconNo0.1$119
Blade 180 QX HDvNo0.2$190
Blade 200 QXNo0.4$230
Blade 350 QX3Yes2.1$500
Blade Chroma w/ 1080p cameraYes3.1$1,100
Blade Chroma w/ 4K cameraYes3.1$1,200
Blade Chroma w/ GoPro-ready gimbalYes3.1$700
Blade Chroma w/ fixed GoPro mountYes3.1$500
Blade Glimpse FPV HD cameraNo0.2$170
Blade Inductrix QuadcopterNo0.04$70
Blade Nano QX 3DNo0.06$100
Blade Nano QX FPV RTFNo0.05$420
Blade Nano QX RTFNo0.04$90
Blade Pico QX RTFNo0.02$50
Blade Vortex 250 ProYes0.9$500
Cheerson CX-10C NanoNo0.03$26
Cheerson CX-STARS MiniNo0.01$22
DJI Inspire 1Yes6.5$3,099
DJI Inspire ProYes6.3$4,499
DJI Phantom 3 AdvancedYes2.8$999
DJI Phantom 3 ProfessionalYes2.8$1,259
DJI Phantom 3 StandardYes2.7$699
Estes Proto-NNo0.02$35
Estes Proto-XNo0.03$30
Estes Proto-X FPVNo0.13$180
Estes Proto-X SLTNo0.03$40
Estes Proto-X VidNo0.04$50
Estes Proto-ZNo0.04$30
Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 2.0No0.08$99
Helimax 1SQNo0.07$100
Helimax 1SQ V-camNo0.07$130
Helimax 1Si (with camera)No0.1$140
Helimax 230Si (with camera)No0.3$180
Helimax FORM500Yes3.1$550
Helimax Voltage 500 - 3DYes2$430
Hubsan x4 (H107LNo0.5$59
Hubsan x4 FPVYes0.8$130
Hubsan x4 NanoNo0.03$40
Hubsan x4 ProYes2.3$1,200
Hubsan x4 cameraNo0.1$41
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 (Elite Edition)Yes0.9$299
Parrot Airborne Cargo minidroneNo0.1$100
Parrot Airborne Night minidroneNo0.1$129
Parrot BebopYes0.9$450
Parrot Bebop 2Yes1.1$550
Parrot Rolling Spider minidroneNo0.1$100
Syma X5No0.2$47
Syma X5CNo
UDI U207 Nano DroneNo0.05$30
UDI U818A HDYes0.8$155
UDI U818A-1 Discovery (HD model, not lighter WiFi model)Yes0.8$77
UDI U842 FalconYes0.8$149
Walkera Furious 320Yes1.8$499
Walkera QR X350 PROYes3$339
Walkera QR X350 PremiumYes3.6$1,499
Walkera QR X900Yes15.3$4,399
Walkera Runner 250Yes1.2$226
Walkera Scout X4Yes4$739
Walkera Tali H500Yes4.5$999
Walkera Voyager 3Yes8
Walkera Voyager 3 GoProYes8$1,999
Yuneec Typhoon GYes3.7$900
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4KYes3.7$1,200
Yuneec Typhoon Q500+Yes3.7$1,000

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