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US Govt to Require Registration of Hobbyist Drones, Report Says



It looks like the US government will soon be tightening its control over drones. A new report says the government will soon announce mandatory registration of hobbyist drones with the US Transportation Department.

Fortune reports that the plans for drone registration will be publicly announced as early as Monday. The government will be creating a new registration system that drone buyers will need to use before flying, and both commercial and hobbyist drone users will need to register — previously, only commercial drones needed government authorization.

The government has spent weeks looking into such a system, collaborating with drone manufacturers and industry groups on the registry plans, and the launch of the new registry should be around late November, Forbes writes.

No word yet on what the penalties will be for flying an unregistered drone, and whether or not certain types or sizes for drones will be exempt. We’ll likely learn the full details on Monday. Stay tuned.

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