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FAQs about FAA Remote ID Compliance



As drones became more common, governments around the world have developed rules to encourage safe and productive drone flights while protecting airplanes and helicopters in the air as well as people and property on the ground. Now, a big part of the new era of drone regulation is about to take effect in the United States: Remote Identification (Remote ID).


Remote ID creates a common and consistent way for authorities to monitor airborne drones and identify who is flying them. Similar to a car license plate, this new method of aerial accountability will make the skies safer, improve public acceptance of drones, and open up new possibilities for drone pilots to routinely fly in ways that have until now been restricted for safety and security reasons – like flying at night or directly over people.


The FAA’s first Remote ID compliance deadline, for newly manufactured drones that require registration with the FAA, is September 16, 2022, though the FAA announced an extension to enforce it until December 16, 2022. Customers who already own DJI drones should comply with the FAA's Remote ID regulations on the second compliance deadline which has been extended to March 16, 2024. DJI continues to provide firmware updates to bring most modern DJI drones into compliance. Customers can install those updates at their discretion any time before March 16, 2024. We hope this simple guide to the FAA’s Remote ID rules will help answer any questions you have.


FAA Remote ID Compliance Deadlines:

• First compliance deadline (for manufacturers): extended to December 16, 2022

• Second compliance deadline (for operator or pilot): extended to March 16, 2024


Information from the Federal Aviation Administration official website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/remote_id.

According to the FAR Part 89 Remote ID regulations, the RID compliance for American users starts from September 16, 2023. Before that, the FAA RID regulation does not affect the user's flight activity. Please stay tuned to DJI's official website for the new information.


What is Remote ID

Remote ID is the ability of a drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received by other parties.


Final Rule on Remote ID

The final rule on remote ID will require most drones operating in US airspace to have remote ID capability. Remote ID will provide information about drones in flight, such as the identity, location, and altitude of the drone and its control station or take-off location. Authorized individuals from public safety organizations may request identity of the drone's owner from the FAA.

There are three ways drone pilots will be able to meet the identification requirements of the remote ID rule:

 Operate a Standard Remote ID Drone (PDF) that broadcasts identification and location information about the drone and its control station. A Standard Remote ID Drone is one that is produced with built-in remote ID broadcast capability in accordance with the remote ID rule's requirements.

 Operate a drone with a remote ID broadcast module (PDF). A broadcast module is a device that broadcasts identification and location information about the drone and its take-off location in accordance with the remote ID rule's requirements. The broadcast module can be added to a drone to retrofit it with remote ID capability. Persons operating a drone with a remote ID broadcast module must be able to see their drone at all times during flight.

 Operate (without remote ID equipment) (PDF) at FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs) sponsored by community-based organizations or educational institutions. FRIAs are the only locations unmanned aircraft (drones and radio-controlled airplanes) may operate without broadcasting remote ID message elements.


Which Drone Pilots Must Comply With the Rule

All drone pilots required to register their UAS must operate their aircraft in accordance with the final rule on remote ID beginning September 16, 2023, which gives drone owners sufficient time to upgrade their aircraft.


What Information Will be Broadcast

Whether using a Standard Remote ID Drone or a remote ID broadcast module, the message elements must be broadcast from take-off to shutdown. A Standard Remote ID Drone or a drone with a remote ID broadcast module must transmit the following message elements:

 A unique identifier for the drone;

 The drone's latitude, longitude, geometric altitude, and velocity;

 An indication of the latitude, longitude, and geometric altitude of the control station (standard) or take-off location (broadcast module);

 A time mark; 

 Emergency status (Standard Remote ID Drone only).

See the Remote ID for Drone Pilots page for more details.