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Federal Government Will Require Drones to Be Registered With Department of Transportation

Drone operators will now have to register their devices with the Department of Transportation. (Published Monday, Oct. 19, 2015)

The federal government wants people who buy drones to start registering the aircraft.

New rules set to be announced Monday call for drone owners to register the aircraft with the Department of Transportation, NBC News reported. The decision comes after hundreds of drones have been spotted near major airports.

The uncertainty of drones is one reason the federal government will soon require anyone buying a drone to register it.

"I don't want other people to know I have this one, and where I fly it, and how long I fly it," photographer Yichen Guo told NBC Bay Area.

But government officials said regulations are needed. The Federal Aviation Authority currently receives 100 reports each month from pilots who spot drones flying near their planes or around major airports.

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