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How to get that drone registration refund if you signed up with the FAA

Did you pay the $5 fee to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration? Hobby drone pilots can now claim that drone registration refund.

Hobby drone pilots, meaning those “operating exclusively in compliance with section 336” can delete their registration and receive a refund of their registration fee, by filling out this registration deletion and self-certification form and mailing it to the FAA at the address designated on the form.

“The FAA continues to encourage voluntary registration for all owners of small unmanned aircraft,” according to an FAA news release.

The FAA’s requirement that hobby drone users register their devices was struck down in an appeals court in May of 2017.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of John Taylor, a drone hobbyist who had challenged the legality of the FAA’s drone-registration program.

The program, which was instituted in December 2015, required hobby drone owners to register through an FAA website for a $5 fee. Drone hobbyists were then issued a unique identification, which they were required to mark on their drones. Within the first month, nearly 300,000 drone owners had registered.

The FAA did allow a brief period where users could register and the fee would be waived. Of course, people who registered during that period cannot claim an additional $5 refund.

When the court struck down the FAA’s registration rule, it referenced the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. That rule stated that the FAA “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.”

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