Deadline approaches for drone registration fee rebate

Deadline approaches for drone registration fee rebate

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Midnight on Jan. 21 is the deadline to register your drone and still get back the $5 registration fee.

In December, the FAA announced registration rules for people who operate drones for recreational purposes.

The rules only apply to drones that weigh more than .55 pounds. Owners of drones like the TSQ Heli Max, Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt, UDI Discovery and Air Hogs Millennium Falcon do not have to register.

People who own drones .55 to 50 pounds can register the aircraft at

The deadline to register to avoid civil and criminal penalties is Feb. 19.

The guidelines also do not apply to commercial drones, such as those used to shoot professional video.

Those users must currently apply for an exemption before permission is granted to use them for business purposes. Updated registration rules for commercial drones are expected in early 2016, according to the FAA.

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