FAA’s Remote ID for drones delayed by six months until March 16, 2024

In light of anticipation and remarks from the FAA's Chief of Aviation Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has formally declared a six-month postponement for the compliance of the Remote ID for Drones regulations, pushing the deadline to March 16, 2024.

Originally, compliance was slated for September 16, 2023. However, as the date approached, speculation about a potential delay intensified.

A significant hurdle for drone operators has been the back-order status of many Remote ID modules, making immediate compliance challenging, if not impossible, for many.

In a press statement, the FAA said:

FAA Extends Remote ID Enforcement Date Six Months

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Drone pilots who are unable to comply with the broadcast requirement of the Remote ID Rule will now have until March 16, 2024, to equip their aircraft. After that date, operators could face fines and suspension or revocation of pilot certificates.

In making this decision, the FAA recognizes the unanticipated issues that some operators are experiencing finding some remote identification broadcast modules.

Drone pilots can meet this deadline by purchasing a standard Remote ID equipped drone from a manufacturer or purchasing a Remote ID broadcast module which can be affixed to existing drones that do not have Remote ID equipment.

Remote ID acts like a digital license plate and will help the FAA, law enforcement, and other federal agencies find the control station when a drone appears to be flying in an unsafe manner or where it is not allowed to fly.

Learn more here.

Remote ID for older DJI Drones

The postponement of the enforcement of Remote ID comes as a relief for operators using certain older, non-compliant DJI drones. For those wielding models like the DJI Mavic 2 or DJI Phantom 4, compliance will only be achieved following a from DJI, anticipated for release later this year. (Refer to the table below for details.)

Fortunately, with Remote ID compliance now extended to March 16, 2024, owners of these ‘vintage' DJI models have been granted a reprieve.

Drone Model NameBroadcast Module Needed?
ProNo
No
No
No
DJI Mavic 3 CineNo
DJI Mavic 3 ClassicNo
DJI Mini 3No
No
DJI Mavic 3 ProNo
DJI Mavic 3 Pro CineNo
DJI FPVNo, the Firmware upgrade will be available by December 31, 2023, at the latest.
No, the Firmware upgrade will be available by September 30, 2023, at the latest.
DJI Mavic 2 ZoomNo, the Firmware upgrade will be available by September 30, 2023, at the latest.
DJI Mavic 2 ProNo; the Firmware upgrade will be available by September 30, 2023, at the latest.
v2.0No, the Firmware upgrade will be available by December 31, 2023, at the latest.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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