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I am from the Netherlands and I want to registrar my drone to get a licence. This can be done with an US prepaid credit card with a registration address in the US. Next month I would be flying to Denver Colorado USA.

What is the easiest way to obtain this card?

marked as duplicate by Michael Hampton, David Richerby, Jan, JS Lavertu, Karlson usa Sep 12 '16 at 1:26

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  • in a word, it's impossible to do this these days. maybe 15 years ago at best. "they've thought of that" , you know? – Fattie Sep 11 '16 at 14:58

Do you have an address in the US yet? Do you have a social security number? You will likely need both for a rechargeable prepaid debit card. Same for a secured credit card (ie you open an account with $500, they give you $500 credit line).

You might consider a Visa Gift Card, which can be bought and used by anyone. But if the registrar for drones is limiting registration to US based cards, they maybe able to detect a gift card and block it to avoid registrations by foreigners.

  • The FAA doesn't really care what your nationality is. There are lots of foreign-registered aircraft. The drone process is new and different though. – Michael Hampton Sep 11 '16 at 19:24
  • @MichaelHampton Obviously the FAA has some concerns about something if they mandate a US based card. But I don't know the exact rules so won't get into a debate over it. – user13044 Sep 12 '16 at 1:21

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