The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA), an independent non-profit organization comprising leading members of the commercial drone industry, has collaborated with the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization focused on advancing uncrewed systems and robotics, to publish a Remote ID reference document. This document guides the commercial drone industry on maintaining compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UAS Remote Identification (RID) Rule.

The FAA’s discretionary non-enforcement policy, which provided leniency to drone operators struggling to comply with the RID Rule’s operating requirements, expired on March 16, 2024. A similar non-enforcement policy for the RID Rule’s manufacturer requirements expired in December 2022. With the expiration of these policies, the RID Rule is now fully in effect, and both manufacturers and operators should anticipate heightened FAA enforcement of the Rule’s requirements.

Remote Identification (RID) serves as a digital license plate for drones, allowing a drone to broadcast identification and location information during flight. The requirements for RID are outlined in Part 89 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. RID enables the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized drone operations, thus addressing potential safety and security threats posed by drones.

“Addressing safety and security is necessary in order to achieve scaled commercial drone operations,” emphasized Lisa Ellman, Executive Director of the CDA. ” Ultimately, industry RID rule compliance will enable communities across the United States to fully realize the safety, security, sustainability, public health, and equity benefits of drone technology.”

The newly released document (attached below) answers frequently asked questions about the RID Rule and shares important information for operators and manufacturers.

“Remote ID harmonizes the needs of UAS operators and law enforcement stakeholders, and compliance is absolutely necessary for the secure and scalable integration of UAS into the airspace,” said Michael Robbins, Chief Advocacy Officer at AUVSI. “By providing a resource that addresses our community’s questions around the rule, our aim is to support widespread commercial drone operations and the benefits they bring to the communities where they operate.”

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