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CBS News Sources: U.S. DOT Plans To Announce Drone Registration Requirement

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to announce a registration requirement for drones before they take flight, CBS News reported late Friday.

Sources told CBS News the DOT will form a task force, including representatives from the drone industry and other stakeholders, to implement the process.

An announcement is expected on Monday, sources told CBS2.

Speaking to CBS News in August, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke in favor of a requirement to register drones at the point of sale.

Requiring people to register their drone at the point of sale would provide "at least some ability to track it back if we find that they are violating some FAA rule," Foxx told CBS News in August. "That's just one example of the type of thing that we are exploring."

The Federal Aviation Administration has investigated more than 600 drone sightings near airports this year. Some of them have been spotted near Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.

A drone also crashed last month at the US Open.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has separately introduced legislation that would require geofencing technology in drones made and sold in the U.S. It would keep the remote-controlled aircraft away from airports and major events.

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