Well, that didn’t take long.
Consumers in the United States who buy a drone for recreational purposes no longer need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration. A Washington, D.C. federal court ruled the FAA’s drone registration rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act.
The ruling doesn’t apply to commercial drones. If you’re buying a drone for commercial purposes, you still need to register with the FAA.
John Taylor, a recreational drone flyer, successfully argued he should not have to register because the FAA Modernization and Reform Act states the FAA “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.” Taylor sued the FAA on Christmas Eve 2015, just shortly after the drone registration system launched.
The registration system required hobbyists with drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds to register their drones.