FAA Enforcement of Remote ID Rule for Drones Started March 16, Ending Discretionary Period

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that drone pilots must ensure their drones are registered and comply with the Remote ID Rule, as the FAA’s discretionary enforcement policy will conclude on March 16, 2024. This policy, initiated in September 2023, offered leniency towards drone operators struggling to meet the Remote ID requirements. Post-policy, non-compliance could lead to penalties, including fines and the potential suspension or revocation of drone pilot certificates.

The directive to establish a framework for the remote identification of drones came from Congress, mandating the FAA to set standards for identifying drone operators and owners and to enact regulations based on these standards.

Remote ID serves as a critical element in ensuring safety and security for broader drone operations, functioning similarly to a digital license plate. It aids the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal entities in tracking the control station of drones that may be operating unsafely or in restricted zones.

For more detailed information, the FAA has made a webpage available to drone operators and the general public.