DJI Clarifies Mini Drones Compliance: A Closer Look at Remote ID Regulations

Clarity on DJI Mini Drone RID Compliance

In the evolving world of , staying informed about regulatory compliance is crucial for both hobbyists and commercial operators. After DJI's latest firmware updates, there had been some confusion regarding the Remote ID (RID) compliance of DJI's Mini 3 and Mini 4 Pro drones. Pilot Institute spoke about the issue with DJI and learned the following.

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The Heart of the Matter: Mini 4 Pro and Mini 3's Compliance

The confusion stemmed from the RID compliance of the and Mini 4 Pro drones, particularly when operated with standard batteries.

Initially, there was a belief that these models were compliant with operations under the RID regulations, a crucial aspect for commercial drone usage. The latest firmware release notes indicated this would no longer be the case once the drones were updated.

However, a detailed discussion between representatives and DJI has shed light on this misunderstanding.

DJI clarified that the RID approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for these drone models are exclusively applicable when they are equipped with the larger capacity and heavier “plus” batteries.

When the Pro and Mini 3 are operated with standard batteries, they do not meet the RID compliance requirements and, in fact, they never did.

The lack of a Declaration of Compliance (DoC) for these configurations underscores this point.

READ MORE: REMOTE ID UPDATE FOR DJI MINI 3 AND MINI 4 PRO

Navigating Compliance: Options for Drone Operators

For drone operators, especially those involved in commercial work or conducting Part 107 operations, this clarification has practical implications.

To ensure compliance, operators of the DJI Mini 3 and Mini 4 Pro have two primary options:

  1. Switching to Plus Batteries: By upgrading to the larger “plus” batteries, operators can automatically trigger the activation of RID in these mini drones, thus aligning with the required compliance.
  2. Using a RID Module: Alternatively, operators can choose to attach a RID module to their drones when using standard batteries. This addition will bring the drones into compliance with the necessary regulations.

Staying Informed and Compliant

Understanding and adhering to drone regulations is vital for safe and lawful drone operations.

This recent clarification from DJI serves as a reminder for drone users to stay updated with the latest compliance requirements. Whether it's for recreational flying or commercial purposes, ensuring that your drone setup meets the regulatory standards is essential for a trouble-free flying experience.

As the continues to evolve, so will the regulations, and it's the responsibility of every drone operator to remain informed and compliant.

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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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3 Comments

  1. As someone new to this and looking to pickup the FAR 107 license, i was hoping to pickup the mini 3 assuming it was already compliant. I’m glad I found this article, but now I have to rethink my purchase.

    • Thank you. I’m glad you found the information you’re looking for. You can still go ahead and get the mini three just make sure you get one of the plus batteries and you’ll be good to go. Also, since this is an older model he should be able to get fairly good deals on them now and going forward.

  2. It sure would have been nice for DJI to tell us this as they were selling us the standard batteries on the DJI store! If they knew this firmware update was coming then why even sell the standard batteries? I purchased 4 of them recently and now they’re basically useless! Thanks a lot!!!!!!

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