FAA Launches Drone Tracking Program

Personal owners of drones will now have to register with the federal agency.
2:11 | 12/20/15

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warning for anyone considering buying a drone for Christmas, you'll have to register with the government starting tomorrow. It means some of your personal information will be available to the public and ABC's Devin Dwyer has more now. Reporter: There one of the hottest gifts of the season and biggest headaches for law enforcement. Starting Monday, if you own a drone weighing over a half a pound, you'll have to register online with the FAA. This is about having a national registry of folks who are owners of drones and users of drones. Reporter: It will cost 5 bucks to sign up but the FAA is making registration free for the first 30 days. The feds give you a tracking number to clearly display on your drone. Kids will have to have their parents register for them. The government wants greater credibil credibility. We almost got hit by a drone, just to let you know up here. Reporter: Drones flying above fo forest fires. They have sent the white house into lockdown. That's going to cause a halt in play for the moment. Reporter: If your drone goes rogue, it its new tracking number will help authorities ebb your neighbors hunt you down. It will list your full name and home address. And if you don't register your drone, you could face steep fines up to $250,000, potentially 3 years in prison. Drone pilots have to carry certificate with it. Most small toy drones less than $100 are usually light enough they don't need to be registered. Thank you for that little bit of relief, Devin. Let's check in with Dr. Ron Claiborne.

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