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 our integration efforts.
Remote ID is the ability of a drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received by other parties.
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. The final rule on remote ID will require most drones operating in US airspace to have remote ID capability.
Remote ID will provide information about drones in flight, such as the identity, location, and altitude of the drone and its control station or take-off location.
Authorized individuals from public safety organizations may request identity of the drone's owner from the FAA.
The FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems was published on December 31, 2019.
The FAA received over 53,000 comments on the NPRM during the 60-day comment period following publication.
What Information Will be Broadcast?
The FAA reviewed all of the comments and considered them when writing the final rule. The final rule(PDF) was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2021 with an original effective date of March 16, 2021. Corrections made to the rule and published in the Federal Register on March 10, 2021 delayed the effective date to April 21, 2021.
There are three ways drone pilots will be able to meet the identification requirements of the remote ID rule:.
Changes From the NPRM
Operate a Standard Remote ID Drone(PDF) that broadcasts identification and location information about the drone and its control station. A Standard Remote ID Drone is one that is produced with built-in remote ID broadcast capability in accordance with the remote ID rule's requirements.
Operate a drone with a remote ID broadcast module(PDF). A broadcast module is a device that broadcasts identification and location information about the drone and its take-off location in accordance with the remote ID rule's requirements.
The broadcast module can be added to a drone to retrofit it with remote ID capability.