The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a proposed rule that requires the identification of unmanned aircraft systems by implementing a remote ID system. This system will allow third parties to track the drones by collecting the identification and location of the drone in real time.

This proposal will help law enforcement detect unauthorized drones that may pose a safety or security risk as well as ensure the safety and efficiency of the U.S. airspace. All unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – that are required to register with the FAA – would need to comply with these rules. Recreational drones weighing under 0.55 pounds aren’t required to register. 

“Remote ID technologies will enhance safety and security by allowing the FAA, law enforcement, and federal security agencies to identify drones flying in their jurisdiction,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.   

The FAA expects all eligible drones to comply with the rule within three years (of the effective date of the proposal).

Currently, nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots are registered with the FAA. Adding remote ID systems to drones would build on previous steps taken by the FAA and the UAS industry to safely integrate operations.