General Remote ID Rule Overview
Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are fundamentally changing aviation, and the FAA is committed to working to fully integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS). Safety and security are top priorities for the FAA and remote identification (remote ID) of drones is crucial to the integration efforts.
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
FAA's Guide on Remote ID
Remote ID for Drone Pilots
All drone pilots required to register, including those who fly for fun, for business, or for public safety, must operate their drone in accordance with the final rule on remote ID beginning 30 months after the rules effective date, which gives drone owners sufficient time to upgrade their aircraft. Note that drones weighing less than 0.55 pounds are not impacted by the final rule.
FAA's Remote Identification for Drone Pilots Guide
Remote ID for Industry and Standards Bodies
Drone manufacturers have until 18 months after the rules effective date to comply with the final rule, which gives manufacturers sufficient time to produce drones with built-in standard remote ID. The FAA also encourages the early production of remote ID broadcast modules.
Standard Remote ID Drones and remote ID broadcast modules must be designed and produced to meet the requirements of this rule. Drone technology is continually evolving, making it necessary to harmonize new regulatory action with technological advancements. To promote this harmonization, the FAA is implementing performance-based requirements to describe the desired outcomes, goals, and results for remote ID without establishing a specific means or process for regulated entities to follow.
FAA's Remote ID for Industry and Standards Bodies Guide