FAA announces new drone regulations ahead of holiday influx

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Drones are one of the must-have items of the holiday season.

At Thomasville's Anderson R/C, Matthew Anderson says drones are flying out the door.

"Our drones probably have been 30 percent of our sales if not more,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration expects hundreds of thousands of new unmanned aircraft to fill the skies.

To identify owners that don't follow the rules, the FAA has created new guidelines for drones.

Beginning on Dec. 21, unmanned aircraft weighing between a half a pound to 55 pounds must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. Owners will get an ID number that authorities can use to track pilots that break the rules.

While some people might not like the idea of signing up their drone, Anderson feels the new rule will not stop people that want to buy a drone.

"I think people are still going to stay with it. I think it’s going to grow actually,” he said.

There is a $5 fee to register your drone. But from Dec. 21 to Jan. 20, 2016, the fee will be waived.

For more information about the new FAA rules, click here.

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