Back in December of 2015, the FAA began requiring drone owners to register their portable aerial vehicles to help regulate the consumer industry better and hold operators accountable for drone-related accidents and crime.
Fortunately, the registration process wasn't overly cumbersome and only cost $5 for three years of eligibility. On May 18th, the US Court of Appeals came forth with a ruling that the FAA violated their own Modernization and Reform Act which banned model aircraft regulations thus legally speaking drone owners should not be required to carry out a registration process.
As part of this ruling, the FAA is still recommending drone owners register their drones, but any previous registrants who want to be removed from the existing database and refunded their initial $5 sign-up fee can request so via this form.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.