Update to FAA Drone Zone Registration and Renewal Process

You might have noticed that the FAA has updated the Drone Zone website to be compliant with Remote ID, a step that recreational users are not required to comply with until September of 2023. The current version of the website now requests that recreational users enter information for each of their UAS upon registration and renewal. AMA felt that this request was in error and has already been in discussions with the FAA regarding this latest update. The FAA has investigated our concerns and informed us that it is working to resolve the issue. 

Until this issue is resolved, we have created a guided walk-through for members to follow when registering or renewing with the FAA. For members renewing their expired FAA registration, skip to step 6 of the walk-through. If you have already registered with the FAA before the update, there is no need to log in and add a device to your inventory.

AMA has informed FAA Flight Standards, the department within the FAA responsible for recreational registration, that we will be instructing our members with the following process until the website issue is resolved, or until a policy to justify the updated registration process is provided. 

  1. Go to faadronezone.faa.gov. When you are on the webpage, select the Register button next to the I fly under the Exception for Recreational Flyers option.
  1. You will be asked to create an account. Enter your email address and a password. Then click on the Create Account button.
  1. A verification email will be sent to the email account you entered. It will look similar to the image below. Click on the blue link in the email to verify your account.

You will be brought back to the Drone Zone and your account will now be verified. Click on Back to Login and log in using your email address and password.

  1. When you’re successfully logged back in, you will be asked to fill out your Recreational Flyer Profile. Enter your information and then scroll down to select the Proceed to Checkout button.
  1. You will then be asked to accept the Recreational Flyer safety guidelines. Select the box indicating you have read and understand the safety guidelines, then select the Next button.
  1. Next, you will need to add at least one device (model aircraft) to your inventory to continue. This is a new update to the registration process the FAA has added to be compliant with the upcoming Remote ID requirements. Select the Add Device button in the top right of the screen.
  1. A pop-up will appear on your screen.

In the box asking if your device is equipped with Remote ID capabilities, select No. (Remote ID is not required until September of 2023.)

  1. Next, if you have an aircraft for which you know the manufacturer, select Traditional UAS and enter the manufacturer in the box labeled Manufacturer. For Serial Number, leave the box blank and select the box to the right that states Serial Number Not Applicable. (The serial number is for the Remote ID module, not the aircraft. Because Remote ID is not yet required, the serial number for it does not yet exist.)
  1. If you don’t know the manufacturer, select Homebuilt UAS. For Manufacturer, list yourself. For Serial Number, leave the box blank and select the box to the right that reads Serial Number Not Applicable.
  1. Next, the Nickname field is not required, but you can type anything in the box to help you identify which aircraft is which, especially if you have multiple aircraft. An example is below:
  1. Then, enter the Model of your aircraft. An example is below:
  1. Finally, select the Add Device button.

Your aircraft is now listed in your inventory. You can go through the process again and add as many devices as you would like, but this is not required at this time. There is no fee. Select the Next button to continue.

13. You will be asked to fill out your payment information. Enter your information and then select the Next button at the bottom of the screen.

14. Finally, you will be asked to review your information. Make sure you are only being charged $5.00. If you are being charged more, you are on a scam site. If all your information is correct, select the box stating you understand and then select the Pay button.

15. You’re all set! Your FAA registration is good for the next three years.

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If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the Government Affairs department at (765) 287-1256 or amagov@modelaircraft.org.