49 U.S. Code § 45305 - Registration, certification, and related fees
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(a) General Authority and Fees.— Subject to subsection (b), the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish and collect a fee for each of the following services and activities of the Administration that does not exceed the estimated costs of the service or activity:
(b) Limitation on Collection.— No fee may be collected under this section unless the expenditure of the fee to pay the costs of activities and services for which the fee is imposed is provided for in advance in an appropriations Act.
(c) Fees Credited as Offsetting Collections.—
(1) In general.— Notwithstanding section 3302 of title 31, any fee authorized to be collected under this section shall—
(A) be credited as offsetting collections to the account that finances the activities and services for which the fee is imposed;
(B) be available for expenditure only to pay the costs of activities and services for which the fee is imposed, including all costs associated with collecting the fee; and
(2) Continuing appropriations.— The Administrator may continue to assess, collect, and spend fees established under this section during any period in which the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration is provided under an Act providing continuing appropriations in lieu of the Administration’s regular appropriations.