(and yes, those are sneer quotes, to borrow a phrase from the esteemed seneschal of the Bastion of Liberty)
Today, the FAA released its model airplane registration policy. In part:
If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.
Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
All owners of small UAS weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 lbs.) and less than 55 lbs. must register using this new system
Initial registration fee is $5. You will be required to renew every three years and you must pay a $5 renewal fee.
When operating your UAS you must be able to present the certificate in either print or electronic format if asked for proof of registration.
In other words: