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FAA UAS Registry, UAS Guidance to Law Enforcement, and Law Enforcement Teleconference Information (22 Dec 2015)

Background Information: All owners of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, must register their UAS with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and owners are subject to civil and criminal penalties if they do not register.  As part of the registration process, UAS owners will be issued a Unique ID Number by the FAA that must be marked on their UAS.

There is evidence of a considerable increase in the unauthorized use of small, inexpensive Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by individuals and organizations, including companies. While the FAA retains the responsibility for enforcing Federal Aviation Regulations, including those applicable to the use of UAS, the agency also recognizes that state and local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are often in the best position to deter, detect, immediately investigate, and, as appropriate, pursue enforcement actions to stop unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations. The agency's Law Enforcement Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations is intended to support the partnership between the FAA and LEAs in addressing these activities.  The reference card is printable and designed to be carried in the field to answer basic questions and provide FAA contact information, nationwide, to support LEAs.

The FAA held a teleconference for Law Enforcement, nationwide, on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, commencing at 1500 (ET). During the teleconference, questions were e-mailed to 9-AWA-ASH-telcon@faa.gov. This inbox was monitored during the teleconference and answers were provided. 

Additional Information: The link to the LE documents is http://www.faa.gov/uas/law_enforcement/ and includes Q&A's as well.

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