drone and operator Use of unique identifiers is a long-standing requirement for traditional planes and helicopters and they would allow tracking of the growing number of drones. (Photo: Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – That small drone you got for Christmas may soon need a license plate of sorts.

U.S. aviation regulators said they intend to require for the first time that drone owners place a government-assigned ID number on the outside of the devices, according to a little-noticed filing earlier this month.

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