If you’re an early adopter of drones, there’s a good chance your FAA drone registration is set to expire soon.
If you registered your drone early on when the system was established by the Federal Aviation Administration, you probably need to finally renew. This applies to you if you completed your drone registration directly with the FAA before the new, DroneZone website was established in January 2018. Alas, drone years are a bit like dog years, in that nothing is that old — yet the entire registration website changed in just a few years.
If that’s the case, a DroneZone account was created for you using the information you provided. You can access your account by entering the same email address you used when you first registered, and by using the “forgot password” tool to establish a new password.
Drone registration is an FAA requirement for all drone pilots operating aircraft that weighs more than .55 pounds (250 grams). Thus, smaller drones like the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mini 2 are exempt.
Registration costs just $5 and is good for three years.
How to access your DroneZone account to renew an expiring FAA drone registration
You already have a DroneZone account if you previously registered your drone directly with the FAA. You’ll simply need to reset your password. To do that:
- Go to the DroneZone.
- Click ‘log in’ on the top right corner of the page.
- Click on ‘Forgot Password.’
- Enter the same email address you used when you first registered with the FAA.
- Follow the prompts in the password reset email to access your account (you may need to check your junk or spam box if you didn’t receive it).
From there, you can renew your registration. To do that:
- Use the top, center menu to navigate to the recreational flyers dashboard (click either Part 107 or Recreational Flyer, depending on which applies to you), and click on ‘Renew’ from your dashboard.
- Follow the prompts to complete your registration renewal, including paying the $5 fee to complete the transaction.
What if renewing my FAA drone registration didn’t work?
If for some reason, that process didn’t work, it’s not the end of the world. Simply create a new DroneZone account and re-register your UAS. While you’ll be issued a new registration number that you’ll need to update on your drone, the cost isn’t any different.
There’s also a chance your registration renewal won’t work if you initially registered through a third-party service (which we don’t recommend doing). If you did, you’ll have to contact that company to request your DroneZone login credentials (or just recreate a new account in the DroneZone, as described above).
The FAA also suggests emailing them at UASHelp@faa.gov with the words ‘RENEW 2020’ in the subject line.