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U.S. Government to Require Registration of Some Small Drones

Drones with a "low safety risk" won't have to be registered.

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Some consumer drones will have to be registered with the Department of Transportation, the agency announced this afternoon. The department wants to create a “streamlined” registration process that will allow it to collect information on drone owners so that they can be investigated in the event of an incident. The department also intends for the registration process to inform drone owners of the regulations that they have to follow while flying, potentially reducing incidents in the first place by increasing knowledge around how consumer drones are allowed to be flown.

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