New Mexico Drone Registration

New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern and western regions of the United States. It was admitted to the union as the 47th state on January 6, 1912. New Mexico, or Nuevo México in Spanish, is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from the nation of Mexico. However, New Mexico was given its name in 1563, and again in 1581, by Spanish explorers who believed the area contained wealthy Indian cultures similar to those of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire. Mexico, formerly a part of New Spain, adopted its name centuries later in 1821, after winning independence from Spanish rule. Consequently, New Mexico was only a part of the independent federal republic of Mexico for 12 years, 1836 through 1848. The two developed as neighboring Spanish-speaking communities, with relatively independent histories. It is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the fifth-most extensive (121,589 square miles), the 36th-most populous (2,085,000 people), and the sixth-least densely populated of the 50 United States. Average elevation in state is around 5,700 feet, because of its mountains, with highest point standing at 13,167 feet. Drone registration in New Mexico starts December 21st, 2015, and here is everything you need to know.

Important:

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that all units weighing between 0.55 pounds and 50 pounds must be registered by February 19th, 2016. Anyone caught flying without proper registration after that date could face stiff penalties. The FAA says civil penalties include a fine of up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail.
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Registration Info:

  • Unmanned flying machines that are operated outside have “a maximum takeoff weight” of anywhere between 250 grams and 55 pounds are required to register.
  • Each owner would get a single registration number so if he or she has multiple drones, they don’t all need to be registered individually.
  • Users don’t need to be registered to purchase a drone, but they do have to be registered before they start flying it.
  • Name and street address are required to register, but the serial number of the drone, owner mailing address, phone number and email are all optional.
  • You have to be 13 years old or older to register.
  • The FAA doesn’t require information about citizenship or residency to register.
  • Registration is free.
  • The registration system will live online and likely be accessible through an app as well. There will also be an API component that would allow for the creation of custom apps that could work in concert with the database.
  • Owners will receive an electronic copy of their registration certificate but a paper copy will also be available. The e-certificate will have the owner’s name, FAA registration number, a confirmation link and the drone serial number if it was included in the registration form. Operators would need to have the certificate on hand while using the drone in the event of an inspection.
  • The FAA-issued registration number must be visible on the drone.

Registration steps:

  1. GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE HERE.
  2. You must provide your complete name, physical address, mailing address, and an email address. The email address will be used as your login ID when you set up your account.
  3. Pay fee of $5 to FAA.
  4. You will receive a unique registration number that applies to any and all UAS that you own. You must mark all of your UAS with the unique registration number before operating. A registration certificate that contains the unique FAA registration number, the issue and expiration dates, and the name of the certificate holder will be sent to your email address immediately.

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New Mexico Drone Rules:

  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Fly within visual line of sight.
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
  • Do not fly near emergency response efforts, like fires.
  • Do not fly for payment or commercial purpose.
  • Do not fly over groups of people.
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not fly over stadiums and sports events.
  • Do not be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft.
  • It is illegal to take photos or record videos of people on private property.
  • Do not use a drone to gather, store or collect evidence of any type.
  • Do not fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructures such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport.

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