By now, most of us involved in the drone industry know that all drones have to be registered with the FAA before they are flown. But what are the consequences for the drone operators that choose to not follow the rules? For those few rogue operators, criminal penalties including fines up to $250,000 and three years in jail may be incurred for operating an unregistered drone. While we have not yet seen penalties handed out at the maximum limits, saving the $5 and 5 minutes needed to register the drone don’t seem worth the risk of a $250,000 fine or jail time. Drones can be registered here.