Remote ID for Drones

Remote ID for Drones

A list of currently Remote ID capable drones can be found here:

Most drones made release after September 2022 have the Remote ID Capabilities built in.  Most made before that do not have Remote ID natively and will require a special after market module to continue to be used after September 16, 2023.

Popular Models in the DJI line like the following have Remote ID: Matrice 300 RTk, Matrice 30 Series, Mavic 3 Series, Avata, Air 2S and Mini 3 Pro.

Older models such as the Phantom 4 Pro will require an after market module to broadcast the Remote ID and be compliant.

For the most current information from the FAA on Remote ID, we suggest visiting this webpage:

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.

Why Do We Need Remote ID?

Remote ID helps the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies find the control station when a drone appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it is not allowed to fly. Remote ID also lays the foundation of the safety and security groundwork needed for more complex drone operations.

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:

  1. A unique identifier for the drone;
  2. The drone's latitude, longitude, geometric altitude, and velocity;
  3. An indication of the latitude, longitude, and geometric altitude of control station (standard) or take-off location (broadcast module);
  4. A time mark; and
  5. Emergency status (Standard Remote ID Drone only)

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

Effective Dates

Almost all of the final rule on remote ID becomes effective April 21, 2021. The subpart covering the process for FRIA applications from community-based organizations and educational institutions becomes effective September 16, 2022.

Here are other dates of note:

  1. September 16, 2022:
    1. Drone manufacturers must comply with the final rule's requirements for them.
  2. September 16, 2023:
  3. All drone pilots must meet the operating requirements of part 89. For most operators this will mean flying a Standard Remote ID Drone, equipping with a broadcast module, or flying at a FRIA.

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