Numbers released today by the Federal Aviation Administration show that drone ownership is soaring.
Officials say nearly 300,000 drones have been registered in the U.S since the registration went live in the past 30 days. People were asked to register their civilian drones covering everything from remote-control flying systems, toys and aerial cameras.
The registration system is open only to recreational users, and drones must be re-registered every three years. Owners must be registered before they fly outdoors.
Anyone who operated a drone before Dec. 21, 2015 must register before Feb. 19 to continue flying legally.
The registration process helps the FAA know the name, email and home addresses of the owners to help with abuse and nuisance drones.
To register an unmanned aircraft, the owner must be 13 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The FAA is working to make the online registration system available by March 21 for non-model aircraft users such as commercial operators.
Around 1 million drones were expected to be sold in the U.S. by the end of 2015. To register, you can go to www.FAA.Gov/UAS/Registration/.