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The Gear Junkie: FAA hands down drone ‘license plate’ mandate

Stephen Regenold
The Gear Junkie

Drones have become common gear for videographers in the outdoors. In March, a new rule for drone pilots requires identification on the exterior of the flying craft.

The requirement comes from an interim rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation.

Officials cited terrorism threats and first-responder safety as key factors in the new rule.

Professionals and hobbyists alike will have to display a unique identifier assigned by the FAA. It went into effect Feb. 25, despite a public comment period that lasted until March 15.

The move modifies the existing mandate, which allows owners to place the required registration sticker inside a battery compartment or elsewhere out of plain sight.

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