Actions Needed to Better Support Remote Identification in the National Airspace is a study and report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally mandates that drones be equipped with Remote ID technology, which the FAA likens to a “digital license plate.” This technology allows law enforcement to identify and investigate unauthorized drone activity, aligning with the FAA’s goal to aid law enforcement efforts. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the FAA has limited resources to assist tribal, state, and local law enforcement in utilizing this technology. Many law enforcement agencies contacted by GAO had little knowledge of Remote ID or how it could be used in their investigations. Developing additional resources could enhance the FAA’s support for law enforcement using Remote ID.

Moreover, the FAA is working on an interface to provide drone registration information from Remote ID to law enforcement, but there is no plan or timeline for its release. Simultaneously, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing an application that would link to the FAA’s interface, yet DHS also lacks a plan or timeline for this effort. Consequently, law enforcement may continue to face delays in accessing the real-time information necessary for tracking and investigating unauthorized drone activity.

Publication Date– June 2024

See Also-

GAO Report- Efforts to Address Unauthorized Drone Flights Near Airports

Post Image- Depiction of How Law Enforcement Application Would Access FAA’s Interface for Drone Owner Registration
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