Your drone will soon need to have a visible license plate

May 24, 2018

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Your drone will soon need to have a visible license plate

May 24, 2018

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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Drone registration rules will change according to a recently proposed rule. No, it won’t be deemed unconstitutional again. As a matter of fact, soon it will not be enough to just put the drone’s ID number inside the aircraft. Instead, it will need to have a visible “license plate” on the outside.

Bloomberg has recently discovered the rule which was proposed earlier this month. It reads that small unmanned aircraft owners will need to “display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA upon completion of the registration process on an external surface of the aircraft.” So far, you were required to enclose the unique ID number in the battery compartment or any other internal part of the machine. If the rule becomes official, it won’t be allowed any longer. Your drone’s unique number will need to be clearly visible.

As Bloomberg reports, Dan Elwell of FAA said that the agency “can’t tolerate having ‘unidentified objects’ in airspace it controls.” He wasn’t referring directly to this proposed rule, but it is most likely one of the moves to make “any drone, any unmanned aircraft, operating in controlled airspace is identifiable and trackable.”

There are no details about the proposed rule: how big the markings should be or where they need to be placed. It’s also not noted how big the penalties will be if your drone doesn’t have the ID number clearly visible. But if the rule is made official, I guess we will find out.

[via Engadget; license plate image by Jerry “Woody”/Wikimedia Commons]

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2 responses to “Your drone will soon need to have a visible license plate”

  1. Priska Wettstein Avatar
    Priska Wettstein

    Makes sense.

  2. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    They are going to have to prove that the rule “applies” to me first. They will need to provide any and all facts (Not opinions) that there is a 2 party agreement between 2 people. There is no jurisdiction without facts provided that there is jurisdiction. It cannot be mere opinion or I told you so’s even if it is ink on paper. That is all drone pilots need to know. Demand the evidence. (Hint- it does not exist, all just opinion)