Amid all the worry about increased pilot sightings of drones. The FAA is ready to create a drone registry.

FOX News' Rachel Sutherland has more:

All drones weighing between around a half-pound to 55-pounds will have to be registered with the FAA.

A study from Bard College shows there have been more than 300 close encounters between drones and aircraft over the past two years... Researcher Arthur Holland...

(Holland) "If a drone were to go through the cockpit it could seriously injure a pilot." 

It will cost $5.00 to register a drone. Failure to comply by the February 19 deadline could result in tens of thousands of dollars in fines... even jail time.

In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News.