Department of Transportation Planning to Require Drones to Be Registered
The program could be up and running by December.
By MATT HOSFORD and TOM LIDDY
October 17, 2015, 11:44 AM
• 2 min read
-- The Department of Transportation will announce a plan that would require people to register their drones, a source confirmed to ABC News.
A news conference is scheduled for Monday in which Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta will make a safety announcement regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems. A task force would be created to implement the program.
The plan could go into effect possibly by Christmas, according to the source.
Unauthorized drone flights have been in the news recently, particularly the ones that operate around areas such as airports and wildfires. From November 2014 to August 2015, the FAA received more than 700 reports of drone sightings from pilots. The U.S. Forest Service also reported 18 illegal drone flights over wildfires.