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Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:32pm EDT – The Obama administration, faced with rising safety and security risks from a surge in unauthorized drone flights, announced a new task force on Monday to develop a new federal register for the owners of unmanned aerial systems.
The task force of both private sector and government officials is charged with recommending by Nov 20 a process for drone registration that federal authorities hope to have in place before the Christmas holiday, when more than 1 million drones are expected to be purchased by consumers.
“We’re going to require operators of drones to register their aircraft,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.
The registry would apply not only to new drone sales, but also to drones already in use, officials said.