From NextGov:

Con­sumers who buy drones will have to re­gister with the gov­ern­ment and pay a $5 fee, the Fed­er­al Avi­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Monday.

The move is an at­tempt by fed­er­al reg­u­lat­ors to gain some con­trol over the bur­geon­ing drone in­dustry, which is ex­pect­ing a surge in sales for the hol­i­days. Law­makers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been call­ing for stricter reg­u­la­tions of re­cre­ation­al drones, cit­ing a num­ber of near misses with air­planes.

“Make no mis­take: un­manned air­craft en­thu­si­ast are avi­at­ors, and with that title comes a great deal of re­spons­ib­il­ity,” Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx said in a state­ment. “Re­gis­tra­tion gives us an op­por­tun­ity to work with these users to op­er­ate their un­manned air­craft safely.”

The con­sumer drone in­dustry was ex­pect­ing a re­gis­tra­tion re­quire­ment but had lob­bied against the $5 fee. Mi­chael Drobac, a lob­by­ist for the firm Akin Gump, which rep­res­ents a num­ber of drone com­pan­ies, called the fee a “dis­ap­point­ment” and warned that it will just dis­cour­age con­sumers from re­gis­ter­ing at all.

“The minute you ask con­sumers to pay for something of this kind, it cre­ates a de­terrent,” Drobac said. “Even though it’s a man­dat­ory re­gis­tra­tion, the ques­tion be­comes what are the en­force­ment mech­an­isms? How will con­sumers get this in­form­a­tion?”

An FAA task force made up of drone com­pan­ies, con­sumer ad­voc­ates, and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials had called for drone pi­lots to re­gister but had re­com­men­ded against a re­gis­tra­tion fee.

The rules ap­ply to any drones that weigh more than .55 pounds but less than 55 pounds, which cov­ers many (but not all)…

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