Your drone now needs to have a clearly visible license plate

Feb 13, 2019

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Your drone now needs to have a clearly visible license plate

Feb 13, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After a rule was proposed last year, it’s now been officially made a law: your drone needs to have its ID number visible on the outside. So, instead of just having it inside the device’s battery compartment, you’ll now have to put a “license plate” on your drone.

When the drone registration program was first launched in 2015, you were able to simply place the drone’s ID number inside the battery compartment. However, the FAA posted the new rule in an official document on Tuesday. It states that starting from 23 February 2019, drone owners will need to place the ID number on the outside of their aircraft and make it clearly visible. “Small unmanned aircraft owners are no longer permitted to enclose the FAA-issued registration number in a compartment,” FAA writes.

Apparently, FAA made this rule official following terror-related concerns expressed by FBI and Homeland Security. FAA explains that there is a risk of a concealed explosive device hidden inside the battery compartment, which could be activated when the drone is opened to find the registration number.

FAA doesn’t give the details on how the “license plate” should look. All we know that the ID number needs to be “clearly visible.” So, if you already don’t have the ID number on the outside of your drone, you may want to add it. And if you still haven’t registered your drone, you can do it here.

[via Digital Trends]

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16 responses to “Your drone now needs to have a clearly visible license plate”

  1. Richard Jacobson Avatar
    Richard Jacobson

    how would the police this

    1. Matt W Avatar
      Matt W

      They will have little drone police that fly around with cameras that scan for license plates lol

  2. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    *in the USA. This is not a world-wide requirement.

  3. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Drones need license plates but bicyclists don’t?

    1. Lubo Sentry Hrivnak Avatar
      Lubo Sentry Hrivnak

      Don Navarro bike owner or responsible person is on the bike. Well, noone is sitting on the drone?

    2. Dick Durham Avatar
      Dick Durham

      A classic case of whataboutism.

  4. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    It’s been this way for a while. You just need a label somewhere visible. I just used a label maker. I would also suggest adding your phone number in case it get’s lost. If someone finds it they have some way to contact you.

    1. Roberto Vivancos Avatar
      Roberto Vivancos

      if someone finds it they have some way to blackmail you for a ransom.

  5. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    What about blackbox?

  6. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    So when a drone without a plate flies into secure airspace, the question still remains, how do the security services find and charge the pilots? ??‍♂️??

  7. John Straub Avatar
    John Straub

    Another way to collect taxes… :-)

  8. Jeffrey Tiede Avatar
    Jeffrey Tiede

    I don’t mind doing it but their logic is quite flawed regarding potential bombs being in the
    battery compartment. Just like criminals don’t use legally acquired
    guns, terrorists are not going to use a drone with a license number on
    it unless they stole it from someone. My GOD people!

  9. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    I hate unreseached

    1. Kim Avatar
      Kim

      As I started to say, I hate unresearched comments like the journalist just made. Aircraft do not have license plates. They have a visible registration number on the tail of the plane. Most of the pilots that I know have their registration numbers located on the outside of the Drone, that’s where mine is. My suggestion if you’re going to write an article at least read through rules and regulations.

  10. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    Would you people at DIY Photography explain if you are for or against drones?

  11. MissPuff Avatar
    MissPuff

    lmao