Get Ready for Drone Remote ID

Posted by on 8/4/2023 to News
The FAA's final rule on Remote ID goes into effect on September 16th, 2023. From this date forward, all drones must broadcast their identification and location information while in flight. The broadcast information gives the FAA, law enforcement, and federal agencies the ability to locate a drone and its control station when a drone appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it is not allowed to fly. In addition, this information lays the foundation for more complex drone use such as beyond line of site operations.

Who Must Comply with Remote ID?

All drone pilots needs to comply with remote ID, whether they are flying for recreation, commercial use, or public safety. To comply with remote ID you may need to re-register your drone on the FAA Drone Zone website.

How to Comply

There are three simple ways for drone pilots to meet the remote identification requirements: operate a drone equipped with built-in remote ID, add a separate remote ID broadcast module, operate in a special FAA recognized identification area where remote ID is not required.

Built-in Remote ID

Drone manufacturers are now required to have remote ID capabilities built into their drones. If you purchased a drone in 2023, there is a good chance that your drone has remote ID built-in. If you have a drone with built in remote ID, all you have to do is visit the FAA's Drone Zone website and make sure that you update your registration information to include your remote identification number. Just because you have a new drone, don't assume that you have remote ID built-in. contact the manufacturer or your drone dealer to confirm whether or now your drone has built-in remote ID.

Remote ID Module

Many of the drones manufactured prior to 2023 do not have built-in remote ID capabilities. For these drones, you will have to purchase a remote ID module and attach it to your drone in order to comply with the new regulations. Remote ID modules are light-weight and contain all the circuitry and power required to operate independent of the drone while meeting the FAA's broadcast requirements. You may need one module for each drone depending on how you operate. Just like with the built-in remote ID drones, you will need to visit the FAA Drone Zone website and update your registration information to include your remote identification number for each drone and module.

Special Flight Areas

You can operate a drone without remote ID equipment only at FAA recognized identification areas (FRIAs). These areas are usually model aviation air-parks, or educational institutions. This means if you are a commercial or public safety drone operator, you will need remote ID equipment for your drone.