Do Mini Drones Need To Be Registered with FAA?

If it weights less than .55lbs(250 grams) then you do not have to register.


You love flying drones around for recreational purposes or otherwise. You’re all set, batteries charged; however, you have one obstacle in your way, you are not sure if you will need your drone to be registered.

Moreover, you are not aware of the rules and regulations about the drones you have to follow and the rights people you’re flying around have. This article will give you information on everything related to this. Keep on reading to find out! 

1. Purpose Of Flying The Drone Matters 

The first step is to decide why are you interested in flying the drone. This matter a lot because if you are flying it for recreational purposes, the rules won’t be much strict and you will be shown a lot of leniency by the government.

However, if you intend to make money out of your flights for example shooting videos or capturing images to use them for commercial purposes, you will have to go through a certain test and follow certain rules. 

2. Do You Need To Register? 

The registration was mandatory for all the drones passing certain criteria. But, for a brief period of time, there were some challenges in courts which resulted in taking off the need for registration but in 2017, President Trump signed into law, the national defense authorization act according to which it was compulsory again for anyone intending to fly a drone to register with FAA before they get their drone into the air.

However, you must note a few things about your drone before you proceed to register it as if you own a mini drone, there might be a possibility that you wouldn’t want to register it. Let’s see. 



3. Size Matters! 

Whereas all the bigger drones necessarily need to be registered, a lot of mini-drones actually don’t need to be registered. The actual way to find out is by weighing your mini drone. If it weighs more than 0.55lbs, you will need to register it with FAA, and if not, it’s really not necessary to get it registered. 

Examples of models under the weight limit:

1. DJI Mavic Mini

2. Blade 200 QX

3. Hover Camera

4. ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie 

5. Parrot Airborne Night MiniDrone

6. Walkera Rodeo 150 Racing Quadcopter



4. What Is The Registration Process? 

The registration process is quite simple. All you need is to have a drone, be over 13 years of age and have five bucks. 

However, as the process is completed by doing these steps, you’re not all done, and you will need to follow all the restrictions imposed by the FAA. 

The rules that come with the FAA registration are pretty hard, and you will have to follow them strictly. It is recommended that you go through them thoroughly as they are pretty lengthy. 

As now we’re pretty comfortable that owning a mini drone exceeding a certain weight limit, you need to get it registered with the government as soon as possible to avoid any inconveniences. Moreover, it’s in your best interest to follow each and every rule to its fullest to ensure the safety of your vehicle and everyone around you! See FAA site for more info: