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Government’s drone registration deadline is Friday

U.S. citizens older than 13 who fly drones outside are required to register them. Drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds fall under the policy.
U.S. citizens older than 13 who fly drones outside are required to register them. Drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds fall under the policy. File photo

Drone operators have until Friday night to register their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The federal agency opened the online drone registration period Dec. 21. It closes at 10:59 p.m. Central time on Friday.

An FAA spokesperson wrote in an e-mail that drone operators who don’t register could face civil penalties of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to three years.

The FAA started the policy in response to safety and privacy concerns as drones, or unmanned aerial systems, have become more popular in the United States.

U.S. citizens older than 13 who fly drones outside are required to register. Drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds fall under the policy.

A drone operator’s registration can apply to multiple drones and must be renewed every three years. It costs $5.

Officials say about 300,000 drone operators registered during the system’s first month. It’s unclear how many have registered in Sedgwick County or Kansas.

Head to www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ to register your drone.

Daniel Salazar: 316-269-6791, @imdanielsalazar

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