Do DJI Drones Comply with Remote ID Requirements?

In the future, all new DJI Enterprise drones will be designed to comply with Remote ID regulations. This includes the Mavic 3 Enterprise series, the Mavic 3E, the Mavic 3T and the Mavic 3M. Remote identification is a proposed system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that requires drones to transmit their location, speed and other details. This will help authorities identify the drones and their owners.

Currently, drones that appear to have remote identification capabilities are DJI drones detectable by DJI's Aerospace. These include the Phantom series drones, the Matrice series, the Mavic Air drones and the DJI Inspire drones. All of these drones have a unique remote identifier that is located in the battery compartment of each drone, below the drone's battery. The Remote ID is like a digital license plate that provides identification information, location, altitude and takeoff location of your drone to other people.

It is a unique identification number for each aircraft and cannot be changed. All drones officially require remote identification or remote identification before flying drones in the United States. In case you didn't know, most DJI drones allow you to fill in your data in the application, data that can be collected by the Aeroscope, a drone detection and counting system created by DJI. If you're using an old drone model, you may need to add a module that works as a remote identifier or buy a new drone that already has remote identification capabilities.

Drones that perform the remote identification function have the annotation “ASTM F3411-22A-RID-B” on the regulatory label attached to the drone. When a police officer receives a call about a drone, they can use the drone's remote ID to see who owns the drone and where it's flying. Newly manufactured versions of these drones will comply with remote identification standards without needing to take any other action; customers who already own those drones will be able to comply with remote identification standards by downloading a free firmware update later. As soon as the FAA approves more DJI drone models, you'll see those drone models listed on the FAA's official website.

Remote ID doesn't share any personal information about the drone's owners, such as name, photos, address, drone registration, etc. But that's not possible with drones, since if they're used to spying or performing any other illegal act it's almost impossible to find out who owns the drone. I suppose they will update existing drones with a firmware update or launch a new drone with the built-in remote identifier.