Drones must be registered with Federal Aviation Administration

  • Real estate agents who use drones for property marketing must now register their drones with the FAA, in addition to obtaining special certification from the agency.
  • A new rule announced by the FAA requires hobbyist drone operators to register drones they've already been piloting no later than February 21, 2016. Pilots can register online.
  • Many real estate professionals may be operating drones illegally.

All drone pilots using small to medium-size drones — including real estate agents who might use drones to capture photos or video of properties with or without the Federal Aviation Administration’s authorization — are now required to register their drones with the FAA.