Federal Government Plans to Require Drones to Be Registered

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Federal regulators said Monday they would require most recreational drones to be registered in the wake of a growing number of incidents and will rush to get the rules in place before a Christmas season in which the small aircraft are expected to be popular gifts.

“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

“It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground," he said.

Foxx announced the creation of a task force with representatives from federal agencies, the drone industry and other stakeholders to make recommendations on registration requirements by Nov. 20.

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