If you own a drone, you better let the government know.
Believe it or not, if you have a drone or even if you bought one for your kids at Christmas, you have to get it registered. If your drone weighs over half a pound and up, the FAA wants to know. Right now, it's only $5 to register and you can get the paperwork at your local FAA Flight Standards District Office. (Just Google: FSDO City, State). You can just drop in during typical government hours (Typically 8a- 4:30p or 5p) and let them know you want to register your drone. They will give you a registration slip that has three or four sheets with carbon paper. Ask them for an extra because this form has to be filled out in ink and if you make an error, it could slow down your registration process or cause them to send back your form so you can do it again. **My understanding is**... if you have purchased a drone before February 19, 2016 you can still fly your drone as long as your paperwork is in the mail. If you purchase your drone after February 19, 2016 you have to be registered and approved prior to any flights. **Make sure you ask the FAA representative for clarification BEFORE making any flights!! I am not an attorney nor am I an expert on Aircraft registration of registration law. Personally, I recommend getting it registered before taking any chances. The FAA has set up a "Civil Penalty" that allows them to fine you up to $27,000. AND, they can also charge you criminally for flying a non-registered aircraft which holds a penalty of 3 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. Not worth the risk, if you ask me.
Be safe, know the rules and have fun!