Nearly 300,000 people have registered their drones in the first 30 days after the Federal Aviation Administration launched its online registration system on Dec. 21, NBC News repotted.
Anyone operating their small, unmanned aircraft before the system went live must register by Feb. 19. The rule applies to small, recreational drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds. The FAA hopes to have a system in place for commercial drone operators by the spring.
The FAA says the new rules are needed to make skies safer from drones flying too close to commercial airplanes or crashing into places they’re not meant to be, like the White House.
Anyone who doesn’t register their drone could face fines and penalties that include three years in prison.