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

 

📖 Learn More:UAS Remote Identification

 

1. What is FAA Remote ID?

The FAA Remote ID rule requires most drones operating in US airspace to have Remote ID capability. Think of Remote ID as an electronic license plate system for drones, allowing authorities to identify who is flying them. A physical license plate wouldn’t be much use on a small airborne drone, so Remote ID sends license plate information via radio signals to receivers on the ground. Remote ID will provide information about drones in flight, such as the identity, location, and altitude of the drone and its control station.

 

2. Which drone pilots must comply with the rule and when?

Pilots of drones which have been registered or are required to be registered, including those flown for recreation, business, or public safety, must comply with the rule on Remote ID beginning with the second compliance deadline.

 

3. Do I have to upgrade to the RID-compliant firmware that has been released that supports FAA Remote ID functionality?

DJI advises customers to comply with Remote ID rule as soon as possible. On and after the second compliance deadline, all drone pilots required to register must operate their drone in accordance with the FAA Remote ID rule. This means that you may need to upgrade the RID-compliant firmware unless your drone is not required to be registered per FAA rules.

 

4. If I upgrade RID compliant firmware, can I manually disable Remote ID?

No. According to the Remote ID rule, the Remote ID system cannot be disabled.

 

 

5. What are the ways for drone pilots to comply with the Remote ID rule? 

There are three ways drone pilots can meet the identification requirements of the Remote ID rule:

Operate a Standard Remote ID drone that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and control station. A standard remote ID drone is one that is produced with built-in Remote ID broadcast capabilities. All new drones produced by DJI now that weigh more than 250 grams have these capabilities. Some drones made before the first compliance deadline may have these capabilities by upgrading the RID-compliant firmware as well.

Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module giving the drone's identification, location, and take-off information. A broadcast module is a device that can be attached to a drone. Persons operating a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module must be able to see their drone at all times during flight. All DJI drones made before the first compliance deadline but without RID-compliant firmware due to hardware and software limitations could comply with the Remote ID rule through an additional Remote ID Broadcast Module.

Operate (without Remote ID equipment) 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.

 

6. Which DJI drone models support FAA Remote ID?

You can check the list of drone models approved by the FAA by visiting this webpage.

 

7. What actions do I need to take if I want to comply with the Remote ID rule by upgrading RID-compliance firmware?

You may need to take the following three actions.

Action 1: Upgrade RID-compliant Firmware

The RID-compliant firmware released by DJI meets the compliance requirements of Standard Remote ID. To meet the requirements of the FAA Remote ID rule, both the aircraft firmware and the DJI flight control app need to be upgraded. The following operation must be followed as well:

• If you are a user of a DJI remote controller without an integrated GNSS system, such as DJI RC-N1, RC-N2, you need to connect an external device with an integrated GNSS system such as a cell phone or tablet as a location source to it, and must run the DJI flight control app such as DJI Fly in the foreground and always allow the DJI flight control app to obtain its location information.

• If you are a user of a DJI remote controller without an integrated GNSS system, such as DJI Motion Controller and DJI FPV Remote Controller 2, and wearing a DJI Goggles without an integrated GNSS system, you need to upgrade the firmware of the DJI Goggles, connect the above external device as a location source to the DJI Goggles, run the DJI flight control app such as DJI Fly in the foreground and always allow the DJI flight control app to obtain its location information.

• If you are a user of a DJI remote controller or Goggles with an integrated GNSS system, such as DJI RC, DJI RC 2, DJI RC Pro, DJI RC Plus, DJI Smart Controller and DJI Goggles Integra, you need to upgrade these remote controllers and Goggles to the latest firmware without connecting an additional device as a location source.

 

Action 2: Add drone Remote ID information on the FAA Drone Registration System

Under the Remote ID rule, the Certificate of Aircraft Registration of the drone used in the operation must include the Remote ID serial number of the drone. Each applicant for a Certificate of Aircraft Registration must submit the following required information to the Registry:

• Drone manufacturer and model name

• Remote ID serial number

 

There are two ways to register a drone in the United States:

Register a drone online at FAA DroneZone (drone must weigh less than 55 pounds)

Register a drone by mail

 

The following guide takes the online registration of drones at FAA DroneZone as an example. The registration of DJI agricultural drones may require the operator to register by mail. For detailed requirements, please visit the FAA website.

💡[Tips]You may not be able to update the information of an already registered drone at the registry, such as adding the Remote ID serial number, and you may have to add a new device registration and then delete the old one after completing the new registration.

 

When you choose "ADD DEVICE" in "Inventory" on the FAA DroneZone webpage, the following window will pop up, asking you to enter the Remote ID related information.

Below we guide you on how to fill in the required information.
DOES YOUR DRONE BROADCAST FAA REMOTE ID INFORMATION?
If you have completed the above Action 1 and confirmed that the Remote ID functionality is working properly Note [1], you can select "YES"
DEVICE TYPE
Select “Standard Remote ID”
UAS MANUFACTURER
Enter “DJI”
UAS MODEL
A particular “MODEL” can be found on the approved DOC published by the FAA, as shown "DJI Mavic 3 Pro" below:

REMOTE ID SERIAL NUMBER

If the drone has a 20-digit alphanumeric serial number (always prefixed with 1581F)

In this case, the Remote ID serial number is the same as the aircraft serial number, and generally the same as the flight controller serial number, for example: Mavic 3 series, Mini 3 series, Avata, Matrice 30 series, Mavic 3 Enterprise series, etc. You can check the serial number of the drone in various ways:

• Serial number on the box sticker Note [2]

• Serial number inside battery compartment or elsewhere on the fuselage of the drone Note [2]

• Serial number inside the DJI flight control app

• Serial number inside “Available networks” of the WLAN Note [3]

Note [1] See 2.8 below - "How to check if the Remote ID functionality is working properly?"

Note [2] Visit the DJI service webpage for more information:

Note [3] See Way 3 in 8 below - "How to check if the Remote ID functionality is working properly?"

 

If the drone has a 14-digit alphanumeric serial number

In this case, the Remote ID serial number is not the same as the aircraft serial number (or flight controller serial number), for example: DJI Air 2S, Matrice 300 RTK, Agras T30, etc. You can get the Remote ID serial number of these drones in the following 2 ways:

• Remote ID SN inside the DJI flight control app such as DJI GO 4, DJI Fly, DJI Pilot, DJI GS RTK and DJI Agras to name a few.

  The following figures show the Remote ID serial number on DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot, DJI GS RTK, DJI Fly and DJI Agras using DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 RTK, Air 2S and T30 as examples respectively.

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 (DJI GO 4)

Mavic 2 Pro (DJI GO 4)

Phantom 4 RTK (DJI Pilot)

Phantom 4 RTK (DJI GS RTK)

DJI Air 2S (DJI Fly)

T30 (DJI Agras)

• Remote ID Serial number inside “Available networks” of the WLAN Note [3]

Note [3] See Way 3 in 2.8 below - "How to check if the Remote ID functionality is working properly?"

 

After filling in the required information, as shown in the figure below (take Air 2S as an example), click "ADD DEVICE".

Action 3: Affix a RID compliance label to your drone

Under the FAA Remote ID rule, drones with Standard Remote ID capabilities are required to have a RID compliance label affixed to indicate that the drone complies with the Remote ID rule. Newly produced drones with compliant Remote ID capabilities will have RID compliance identifier before being put on market. For drones that have been upgraded with RID-compliant firmware but do not have a RID compliance identifier affixed, you should label your drone with “ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B” and this label must be legible, prominent and permanently affixed to the drone.

 

8. How to check if the Remote ID functionality is working properly?

There are several ways to check if the Remote ID is working properly.

Way 1: Remote ID status display on the DJI flight control app

Way 2: Remote ID status display on the DJI Goggles

Way 3: Remote ID serial number displayed in “Available networks” of the WLAN


Way 1: Remote ID status display on the DJI flight control app
The drone automatically initiates a pre-flight self-test (PFST) of the Remote ID system before takeoff, and cannot take off if it does not pass the PFST. The results of the PFST of the Remote ID system, i.e. the working status, can be viewed in the DJI flight control apps below.
DJI Fly
If the Remote ID is working properly, DJI Fly will display "Takeoff permitted". After clicking "Takeoff permitted", you can see “Remote ID functionality normal”, as shown in the following Figure.

If the Remote ID is working abnormally, DJI Fly will display "Remote ID error", as shown in the following Figure.

 

DJI Pilot 2
If the Remote ID is working properly, the RID icon in the upper left corner of the DJI Pilot 2 homepage will be displayed in BLACK, and DJI Pilot 2 will display “Normal” on the Camera View, as shown in the Figure below.
DJI Pilot 2 homepage

Camera View

If the Remote ID is working abnormally, the RID icon in the upper left corner of the DJI Pilot 2 homepage will be displayed in RED, and DJI Pilot 2 will display “Remote ID module error” on the Camera View, as shown in the Figure below.

 

DJI Pilot 2 homepage
Camera View
 
DJI Agras
If the Remote ID is working properly, the RID “Normal” status will be displayed on the Aircraft Information page of the DJI Agras app, and there is no display of any RID abnormal status in the Camera View, as shown in the Figure below.
Aircraft Information Page
Camera View
If the Remote ID is working abnormally, the RID “Error” status will be displayed on the Aircraft Information page of the DJI Agras app, and “Remote ID module error” will be displayed on the Camera View as well, as shown in the Figure below.
Aircraft Information Page
Camera View
 

DJI GO 4

If the Remote ID is working properly, you can see “Remote ID functionality normal”, as shown in the following image.

 

DJI Pilot

If the Remote ID is working properly, DJI Pilot will display the Remote ID Status “Normal”, as shown in the following image.

 

 

DJI GS RTK

If the Remote ID is working properly, DJI GS RTK will display the Remote ID Status “OK” on the Aircraft module self-check page, as shown in the following image.

 
 
Way 2: Remote ID status display on the DJI Goggles
If the Remote ID is working properly, the Status bar in the upper left corner of the DJI Goggles will display “Remote ID functionality normal”, as shown in the Figure below.
If the Remote ID is working abnormally, "Remote ID error" will be displayed in the lower right corner of the DJI Goggles.
 
Way 3: Remote ID serial number displayed in “Available networks” of the WLAN
Use the DJI remote controller to control the drone to start the motors, then use the WLAN of your cell phone or tablet to scan the Remote ID serial number broadcast by the drone at a location close to the drone Note [4]. As shown in the figure below, if you can see a string always prefixed with “RID-” followed by a 20-digit alphanumeric Remote ID serial number in the "Available networks", it means that the Remote ID is broadcast properly.
Note [4] Since the time required for WLAN scanning of different cell phones or tablets is not consistent, it may be necessary to restart the WLAN several times to scan the Remote ID serial number broadcast by the drone.
 

9. I bought a new drone, how to check whether the drone has built-in compliant Remote ID functionality?

Newly produced drones with compliant Remote ID capabilities will have RID compliance identifier before being put on market. In any case, it is recommended that you check whether the drone is RID compliant by any of the following ways.
Way 1: Check whether there is a RID compliance identifier “ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B” on the box of the drone
Way 2: Check whether a RID compliance identifier “ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B” is on the drone compliance label

 

RID compliance identifier on box
The RID compliance identifier is usually printed on a sticker with the drone serial number, or on a sticker with compliance information, as shown in the Figure below.
 

RID compliance identifiers on drone airframe

RID compliance identifier is usually combined with other compliance identifiers such as FCC ID, IC and CMIIT, which are directly lasered on the airframe or printed on stickers affixed to the airframe. The figure below takes the combined compliance label of M300 RTK as an example.

For some drone models, such as agricultural drone and some legacy drone models, the RID compliance identifier is printed on a separate sticker as figure below that is affixed to the drone airframe.
 

10.  I bought a drone with built-in RID compliance functionality, what actions do I need to take?

Unlike drone users who have firmware upgrades to comply with the Remote ID rule, you may not need to specifically upgrade the RID-compliant firmware and affix the RID compliance identifier to the drone airframe, as the drone is inherently RID-compliant and has the RID compliance identifier affixed. You may simply need to correctly fill in the Remote ID-related information when registering the drone, as described in Action 2 in Question 7.

 

11. My drone doesn’t have RID compliant firmware, what should I do?

On and after the second compliance deadline, if you continue to fly the drone, you will have to comply with the rule in either of the two ways described below.

Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module giving the drone's identification, location, and take-off information. A broadcast module is a stand-alone device that can be attached to a drone, and a visit to the FAA web page will provide information on broadcast modules that have been approved by the FAA. 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) 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.

 

 

12. I had to affix a Remote ID module on my drone to comply with the rule, what should I look for?

The Remote ID module you purchase must be FAA-approved. Follow the Remote ID module instruction manual to properly install it on the drone and make sure the module will not affect the safe operation of the drone. You also need to add Remote ID module information such as make, model, and serial number to the FAA drone registry.
 

13. What are the conditions for a drone to start broadcasting Remote ID signals?

The drone will start broadcasting the FAA Remote ID signal when all of the following conditions are met.

• The drone has built-in Remote ID functionality.

• The drone is within airspace of the United States.

• The drone is in flight (i.e. the propellers are turning).

 

14. Does the drone with built-in Remote ID still broadcast FAA Remote ID signals when flying outside the US?

No.

 

15. If I bring a drone with a built-in Remote ID to the US from a non-US country, will the drone broadcast FAA Remote ID signals when flying in the US?

Yes.

 

16. Will Remote ID reduce battery life?

No.

 

17. How do DJI Mini series users comply with the Remote ID rule?

As per the FAA Remote ID rule, all drone pilots required to register their UAS must operate their aircraft in accordance with the final rule on and after the second compliance deadline. According to FAA requirements, drones that weigh 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams), and are flown under the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations, do not need to be registered. Therefore, if you are operating a drone with a take-off weight of 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) for purely recreational purposes, you may not need to register your drone and comply with the Remote ID rule. Please visit the FAA's official website for requirements related to drone registration and Remote ID.

 

Here are additional notes on the Remote ID functionality for the DJI Mini series.

DJI Mini 4 Pro & Mini 3: These aircraft support the FAA Remote ID functionality. However, for the latest aircraft firmware (v01.00.03.00 for Mini 4 Pro and v01.00.04.10 for Mini 3), the Remote ID will only be activated when the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus is used.

DJI Mini 3 Pro: The aircraft supports the FAA Remote ID functionality regardless of whether an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus or Intelligent Flight Battery is used.

DJI Mini series (e.g. Mini & Mini SE) and DJI Mini 2 series (e.g. Mini 2 & Mini 2 SE): These aircraft have a nominal take-off weight of less than 249 grams (including a battery, propellers and a MicroSD card), and does not support FAA Remote ID functionality. 

 

18. I am a DJI Avata user, how do I comply with Remote ID rule?

Read the Answer for Question 7, then watch the following video:

 

19. What will happen if the built-in Remote ID of the drone malfunctions or fails during flight?

The drone monitors the Remote ID system functionality from pre-flight to shutdown. If the Remote ID system malfunctions or has a failure, an alarm will be displayed in the DJI flight control app or DJI Goggles or third-party apps developed based on the latest DJI Mobile SDK that supports Remote ID. As required by the rule, the person manipulating the flight controls of the drone must land it as soon as practicable if the drone is no longer broadcasting Remote ID signals.

 

20. Do I have to connect to a wireless or Wi-Fi network for the Remote ID functionality to work properly?

No, but connecting to the network is convenient to speed up the time to get the location of the remote controller required by the Remote ID rule.

 

21. What should I do if I'm using a third-party app based on the DJI Mobile SDK to control the DJI drone?

After you upgrade the RID-compliant firmware, you must use an app developed based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the FAA Remote ID to control your drone, otherwise the drone will not be able to take off. Before the second compliance deadline, if the app developed based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the Remote ID is not yet available, you may use the DJI flight control app to manipulate the drone to take off, and then manually switch to the third-party app developed by DJI Mobile SDK. However, please note that on and after the second compliance deadline, you must use an FAA RID-compliant DJI flight control app or an app based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the Remote ID to manipulate your drone during the entire flight from takeoff to landing. DJI provides developers with the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the FAA Remote ID functionality, for detailed APIs information, please visit https://developer.dji.com/mobile-sdk/.

 

22. Where can I see more detailed Remote ID rule information?

Please visit the FAA’s official website.

 

23 I have other questions about Remote ID, what should I do?

 

Please contact DJI Support.

 

24. What are the differences between the registration number and remote ID in a registered drone?

For the "Part 107" category registration, one registration number corresponds to one aircraft, and one aircraft corresponds to a built-in Remote ID SN (or RID module SN?).

For the “Recreational Flyer” category registration, one registration number can correspond to more than one aircraft. If the aircraft has an built-in standard RID, the user needs to fill out the Remote ID SN of each aircraft. If the aircraft has an external RID module, it is required to fill out the RID module’s SN. Several aircraft can share one RID module SN.

 

25. Which groups will the remote ID standards apply to?

The remote ID standards will apply to drone users that require registration.

Except for users that operate a drone that weighs 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) and for recreation purposes only, other users need to register their aircraft and comply with RID regulations.

 

26. When did the DJI Fly app start supporting the RID function?

For DJI Fly, the RID function is supported from v1.7.4 and above.

 

27. What is the related planning for Enterprise products? From which version will the function be supported?

The DJI Pilot 2 app will be updated together when updating the remote controller firmware.

The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise firmware has been compatible with the software since its release.

The V5.1 is supported for the Matrice 300 RTK and Matrice 30 series (including the M30 Series Dock Version).

 

28. What information does the remote ID on a DJI drone provide?

According to regulatory requirements, a Standard Remote ID drone must transmit the following message elements:

Drone ID, drone location and altitude, drone velocity, control station location and elevation, time mark, emergency status.

 

29. What is the Remote ID Serial Number as that is required when registering my drone at FAA DroneZone?

For aircraft with a 20-digit alphanumeric serial number (always prefixed with 1581F), The Remote ID serial number is the same as the drone serial number, and generally the same as the flight controller serial number, for example Mavic 3 series, Mini 3 series, Avata, Matrice 30 series, Mavic 3 Enterprise series, etc. You can check the serial number of the drone in various ways, 

• Serial number on the box sticker;

• Serial number inside the battery compartment or elsewhere on the fuselage of the drone;

• Serial number inside the DJI App.

 

For the drone with a 14-digit alphanumeric serial number, the Remote ID serial number is not the same as the drone serial number (or flight controller serial number), for example: Air 2S, Matrice 300 RTK, AGRAS T30, AGRAS T40, etc. You can get the Remote ID serial number of these aircraft by:

• Remote ID Serial number inside“Available networks” in the WLAN;

• Remote ID Serial number inside the DJI App.

 

30. List of FAA RID-compliant Firmware

Industrial grade products, namely Matrice 300 RTK, Matrice 30/30T, DJI Mavic 3M/3T/3E, and new products launched after September 2022 have the RID function. Support for the function begins with firmware V02.02.0616 for Phantom 4 RTK and V01.00.06.21 for DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced. Please refer to the table below for the support status and planned support of other products.

Drone name   

If Drone Firmware Support?
DJI App
DJI Remote Controller

DJI drones (No less than 250g/or 0.55 pounds) manufactured after September 16, 2022

have built-in remote ID capabilities

 
 
DJI Air 2S
V02.04.23.10 or later
DJI Fly: V1.7.8 or later
DJI RC: V01.02.0000 or later
DJI RC Pro: V03.01.10.00 or later
Mini 3 Pro
V01.00.04.00 or later
DJI Fly: V1.7.8 or later
DJI RC: V01.02.0000 or later
DJI RC Pro: V03.01.10.00 or later
Mavic 3 Enterprise
V05.00.02.04 or later
DJI Pilot 2: V5.0.2.9 or later
DJI RC Pro Enterprise: V02.00.01.11 or later
M30, M30T
support
 
 
Mavic 3E/3M/3T
support
 
 
Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced
support
 
 
Phantom 4 RTK
support
 
 
DJI Mavic 3
support
 
 
DJI Mavic 3 Classic
support
 
 
DJI Mini 3
support
 
 
DJI Avata
support
 
 
Inspire3
support
 
 
Mavic 3 pro
support
 
 
FPV
support (V01.04.0000 or later)
DJI Fly: V1.11.0 or later
 

Mavic Air 2

support (V01.01.16.00)
DJI Fly: V1.12.0 or later 
 
Mavic 2 Zoom
support(V01.00.0796)
DJI GO 4: V4.3.60 
 
Mavic 2 Pro
support(V01.00.0796)
DJI GO 4: V4.3.60 
 
Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
support(V01.00.70.17)
DJI GO 4: V4.3.60 
 

 

31. In accordance with the FAA drone registration and Remote ID rule, when using DJI Mini 3 series products (DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI Mini 3) with a standard battery (with a takeoff weight less than 250 g) for purely recreational purposes, the user does not need to register their drone or comply with the Remote ID rule. Why did DJI roll out Remote ID for all DJI Mini 3 series products?

FAA regulations do not require users to register ≤0.55 lbs (250g) aircraft purely for recreational use, so such users are not required to comply with RID regulations. However, since the mini 3 series supports battery plus in the United States, the take-off weight of this model will exceed 0.55 pounds. According to the requirements of FAA Remote ID regulations 89.501, if the manufacturer produces a drone with a maximum take-off weight of more than 0.55 pounds, The aircraft must have standard Remote ID functionality; and per § 89.310(d), the aircraft with built-in standard Remote ID cannot be disabled by the user. Therefore, in order for DJI to comply with the requirements of the FAA Remote ID regulations on manufacturers, the Mini 3 series has to have a built-in standard Remote ID function and cannot be turned off.

Note: According to the FAA Remote ID regulations - § 89.101 (a) (1), users who use drones for commercial flights, regardless of the take-off weight of the aircraft, must register the aircraft and comply with the Remote ID regulations.

 

32. Which products currently support the Remote ID function?

Consumer drones:  DJI Avata, DJI Air 2S, DJI Mavic 3 series, DJI Mini 3 series, and the new products launched after September 2022 all support the Remote ID function.

Enterprise drones: The Matrice 300 RTK, Matrice 30/Matrice 30T, Mavic 3M/3T/3E, and the new products launched after September 2022 all support the Remote ID function. For the Phantom 4 RTK and Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, the function is under development and will be also supported as planned.