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By Michael Johnson
MnDOT Aeronautics UAS Program Planner 

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Changes

Requirements Eased For Owners; MnDOT Role Is Expanded

 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Aeronautics is responsible for collecting aircraft registration, sales and use taxes as required by law. Of the 7,877 total aircraft registered in Minnesota in Fiscal Year 2021, 1,099 are small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). New legislation for sUAS registration went into effect Aug. 1, 2021. Registration of sUAS used for anything other than recreational purposes is now $25.

New sUAS registrations applied for on or after Aug. 1, 2021 or renewing June 30, 2022 will pay the new, lower $25 annual registration fee, and are exempt from th...



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