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Drone Task Force Makes Recommendations for National Registry

The national drone registry is one step closer to becoming a reality.
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The national drone registry is one step closer to becoming a reality.

A task force made of 25 people, including representatives from federal agencies, tech companies and drone manufacturers, sent its recommendations to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation on Saturday.

The recommendations will be considered alongside more than 4,500 public comments to determine the final rules.

"It was truly give and take among the entire group," Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's UAS Integration Office, said during a press conference on Monday morning.

The task force's report called for drone buyers to fill out an application through the Web or an app. After that, they would get a registration number, which they would be required to attach to all of their drones.

That would only apply to drones that weigh over 250 grams, 0.55 pounds, a limit that was reached after considering how much damage a flying drone would do to a person on the ground.

As for what information this registry would keep on file, the FAA (which would maintain the database) would ask only for a name and physical address. Giving other information, such as an email or mailing address, serial number and more, would be optional.

Back when federal officials first announced the drone registry, they said they wanted it complete by end of the holiday season. On Monday, however, no date was given as to when the rules would be finalized and enacted.