FAA ends discretionary enforcement of drone Remote ID Rule

After March 15, 2024 operators who violate the Remote ID policy could face enforcement actions.
March 25, 2024 by
Horizon Aerobotics, Inc.
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Discretionary enforcement of the drone Remote ID Rule

An FAA policy statement issued in September 2023 on enforcement of the drone Remote ID Rule included a discretionary enforcement period. Under that policy, a temporary allowance was made for exercising discretion in whether or not to take enforcement action against drone operators who were not able to comply with the Remote ID rule. The policy was based, in part, on the difficulty some operators were having in obtaining Remote ID equipment prior to the Remote ID rule taking effect.

FAA's current Remote ID enforcement policy

As of March 15, 2024, however, the discretionary enforcement policy has ended. Today, operators who do not comply with the Remote ID rule could face enforcement actions including fines and suspension or revocation of their drone pilot certificates.

What is Remote ID?

Remote ID, which similar to a digital license plate for drones, is part of a broader effort to safely integrate drone operations into the National Airspace System. It will help agencies including the FAA and law enforcement to locate operators of drones that are operating in an unsafe manner or in airspace where they are not permitted or authorized to operate.

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