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The flurry of drone activity in the National Airspace System (NAS) has the potential to create both safety and security concerns. To identify the drone�s operator and location, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires remote identification (ID) of drones effective September 16, 2023.

What is remote ID?

A drone�s remote ID broadcasts identification and location information.

Law enforcement and federal agencies need access to this information quickly when a drone is flying in an unsafe manner or in a restricted area. It enables them to locate the drone�s control station.

The requirement can be met in one of three ways.

  1. Standard remote ID drone: The remote ID capability is built into the drone. The drone broadcasts the following from takeoff to shut down:
    • Remote ID-compliant serial number
    • Location and altitude
    • Velocity
    • Control station location and elevation
    • Time mark
    • Emergency status
  2. Remote ID broadcast module: Remote ID capability is met through attaching a module to the drone. This option, however, is limited to visual-line-of-sight operations. The module broadcasts the following from takeoff to shut down:
    • Remote ID-compliant serial number
    • Location and altitude
    • Velocity
    • Takeoff location and elevation
    • Time mark
  3. FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA): Drones without remote ID can operate without broadcasting, providing they fly within a visual line of sight and a FRIA. FRIAs are sponsored by community-based organizations and educational institutions.

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Who is subject to the drone rule?

All drone pilots who are required to register with FAA must follow the remote ID requirements. The regulation impacts those operating drones for recreation, business, or public safety.

When pilots register with FAA, they must list the serial number(s) of each Standard Remote ID drone and/or the Remote ID broadcast module.