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UAS Remote Identification

Drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are fundamentally changing aviation, and the FAA is committed to working to fully integrate drones or UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). Safety and security are top priorities for the FAA and Remote Identification (Remote ID) of UAS is crucial to our integration efforts.

What is Remote ID?

Remote ID is the ability of a UAS in flight to provide identification information that can be received by other parties.

Why Do We Need Remote ID?

  • Remote ID would help facilitate more advanced operations for UAS and lay the groundwork for future Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM).
  • Remote ID would assist the FAA, law enforcement, and Federal security agencies when a UAS appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where the drone is not allowed to fly.

What is the FAA Doing?

  • The UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), chartered by the FAA in June 2017, submitted its report and recommendations (PDF) to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues.
  • The FAA is currently drafting a proposed rule on Remote Identification for public comment.
  • In December 2018, the FAA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to establish an industry cohort to explore potential technological solutions for Remote ID.

What's Next?

Remote ID is the next step to enable safe, routine drone operations across our nation. This capability will enhance safety and security by allowing the FAA, law enforcement, and Federal security agencies to identify drones flying in their jurisdiction.

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