FAA Extends Drone Remote ID Compliance Deadline by 6 Months

Pilots now have until March 16, 2024, to attain “digital license plate.”

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The FAA has extended the deadline for the Remote ID requirement for drone pilots by six months, pushing it from September 16 to March 16, 2024.

What Is Remote ID?

According to the FAA, 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."

Remote ID allows the drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received by other parties through a broadcast signal.

The FAA noted that this step was necessary as drones are becoming more prevalent in the National Airspace System. 


To comply with the Remote ID rule, drone pilots can purchase a standard Remote ID-equipped drone from a manufacturer or purchase a Remote ID broadcast module that can be affixed to existing drones without Remote ID equipment.

The agency opted to extend the deadline for compliance when it became aware of the difficulty some drone operators were having locating a Remote ID broadcast module.

Drone operators that fail to comply by the March deadline could face fines or the suspension or revocation of their pilot certificate.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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