FAA-Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs)

Beginning September 16, 2023, if your drone doesn't have Remote ID, you may be able to operate within a FRIA.

What is a FRIA?"Drones Without Remote ID can fly in FAA-Recognized Identification Area or FRIA"

A FRIA is a defined geographic area where drones can be flown without Remote ID equipment. Both the drone and the pilot must be located within the FRIA's boundaries throughout the operation. In addition, the pilot of the drone must be able to see it at all times throughout the duration of the flight.

Note: If a drone is equipped with Standard Remote ID, it may not be disabled or shut off while flying in a FRIA. 

Where are FRIAs?

The FAA publishes the locations of approved FRIAs on the FAA’s UAS Data Delivery Service (UDDS) website

Who can apply for a FRIA?

Only FAA-recognized Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and educational institutions such as primary and secondary schools, trade schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to request the establishment of a FRIA.

Note: FRIA approvals are valid for 48 calendar months and can be renewed.

How to apply for a FRIA:

FRIA applications are accepted through the FAA’s DroneZone website
1.    Create an account, or log into your existing account.
2.    Click “Add a Service” from the FAA DroneZone Services screen.
3.    Click “Select FRIA Service” followed by the “Add Service” button.
4.    Launch the FRIA dashboard and then confirm your profile.
5.    Click “Create a FRIA Application” from the FRIA dashboard.
6.    Complete and submit the FRIA application.
Note: The FAA cannot provide an estimated timeline on application review. The Remote ID operational compliance date is September 16, 2023.

For further guidance on the FRIA application, read Advisory Circular 89-3.

For additional information on FRIA, read 14 CFR Part 89.

Last updated: Monday, October 24, 2022