Unmanned aircraft; definition, registration not required. (SB356)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), and Sen. Jen Kiggans (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Aircraft; registration; definition. Requires an aircraft be registered in the Commonwealth if it is based in the Commonwealth for more than 90 days during a calendar year. Current law requires registration if the aircraft is based in the Commonwealth for more than 60 days during a 12-month period. The bill creates an exception to registration for aircraft that are in the Commonwealth solely for major repairs or maintenance. The bill also adds a definition of "unmanned aircraft," and specifies that owners of unmanned aircraft are not required to register such aircraft. This bill incorporates SB 865. Read the Bill »


02/20/2020: passed committee


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101049D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB356)
01/23/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Incorporates SB865 (Favola)
01/23/2020Committee substitute printed 20106437D-S1
01/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Read second time
01/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106437D-S1
01/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB356S1
01/29/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB356S1)
02/11/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/20/2020Reported from Transportation (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read second time
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed by for the day

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB865.

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