FAA to require most drones to be registered and marked

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, a drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah. Researchers say there have been at least 241 reports of close encounters between drones and manned aircraft that meet the government’s definition of a near midair collision, including 28 in which pilots maneuvered to get out of the way. A report released Friday by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone in New York says 90 of the close encounters involved drones and commercial jets, the majority of which had the capacity to carry 50 people or more. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Owners of many small drones and model airplanes will have to register them with the government.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the requirement Monday in response to increasing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports.

The requirement covers aircraft weighing from a half pound to 55 pounds. Drone owners who are 13 and older will have to register on an FAA website that’s available starting Dec. 21. The FAA expects parents to register for younger children.

Registration will cost $5, but the fee will be waived for the first 30 days. Owners will have to mark aircraft with an identification number.

Those who got drones before Dec. 21 must register by Feb. 19. People who buy them later must register before their first outdoor flight.

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