In the month since the registration requirement went into place, nearly 300,000 people have registered their small unmanned aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The registration rule for these aircraft—commonly known as drones—went into effect just before Christmas, and those who registered within the first 30 days were refunded the $5 registration fee.
"I am pleased the public responded to our call to register," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "The National Airspace System is a great resource and all users of it, including UAS users, are responsible for keeping it safe."
As drones increased in popularity, questions about safety and accountability began to emerge. The FAA says that the intent of the registration program is to be able to quickly connect drones with their owners, especially when there is a problem or airspace rules have been violated.
This particular online registration system is for hobbyists who operate drones between .55 and 55 pounds. Owners only need to register once with their name, mailing address, physical address and email address, and all of their drones are covered for a period of three years. Owners receive a registration number which must be clearly written somewhere on the drone before it can be legally operated.
Those who owned and operated drones before December 21, 2015 have until February, 19, 2016 to register. Anyone who bought or received a drone after December 21 must register it before it can be used outdoors.
A registration system for those that operate commercial drones is expected to be ready by March 21, 2016.
To register your drone, visit the FAA website.