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As drones became more common, governments around the world have developed rules to encourage safe and productive drone flights while protecting airplanes and helicopters in the air as well as people and property on the ground. Now, a big part of the new era of drone regulation is about to take effect in the United States – Remote Identification.

Remote ID creates a common and consistent way for authorities to monitor airborne drones and identify who is flying them. Similar to a car license plate, this new method of aerial accountability will make the skies safer, improve public acceptance of drones, and open up new possibilities for drone pilots to routinely fly in ways that have until now been restricted for safety and security reasons – like flying at night or directly over people.

The FAA’s first Remote ID compliance deadline, for newly manufactured drones that require registration with the FAA, is September 16, 2022, though the FAA announced an extension to enforce it until December 16, 2022. Customers who already own DJI drones do not need to do anything right away, because existing drones are not required to comply with FAA Remote ID regulations until September 16, 2023. DJI will provide firmware updates before that date to bring most modern DJI drones into compliance. Customers can install those updates at their discretion any time before September 16, 2023. We hope this simple guide to the FAA’s Remote ID rules will help answer any questions you have.


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1. What is FAA Remote ID?
The FAA Remote ID rule requires most drones operating in US airspace to have Remote ID capability. Think of Remote ID as an electronic license plate system for drones, allowing authorities to identify who is flying them. A physical license plate wouldn’t be much use on a small airborne drone, so Remote ID sends license plate information via radio signals to receivers on the ground. Remote ID will provide information about drones in flight, such as the identity, location, and altitude of the drone and its control station.
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2. Which drone pilots must comply with the rule and when?
Under the Remote ID rule, all drone pilots required to register, including those who fly for fun, for business, or for public safety, must operate their drone in accordance with the final rule on Remote ID beginning September 16, 2023.
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3. Do I have to upgrade to the RID-compliant firmware that has been released that supports FAA Remote ID functionality?
This is not required until September 16, 2023, even though the firmware is currently available. On and after that date, all drone pilots required to register must operate their drone in accordance with the FAA Remote ID rule. This means that you may need to upgrade the RID-compliant firmware unless your drone is not required to be registered.
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4. If I upgrade RID-compliant firmware, can I disable Remote ID or can I downgrade the firmware to one that does not support Remote ID?
No. According to the Remote ID rule, the Remote ID system cannot be disabled by any person, and once the drone is upgraded to RID-compliant firmware, it cannot be downgraded.
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5. What are the ways for drone pilots to comply with the Remote ID rule?
There are three ways drone pilots can meet the identification requirements of the Remote ID rule:
  • Operate a Standard Remote ID drone that broadcasts identification and location information of the drone and control station. A standard remote ID drone is one that is produced with built-in Remote ID broadcast capabilities. All new drones produced by DJI now include these capabilities. Some drones made before the Remote ID rule took effect can include these capabilities by upgrading the RID-compliant firmware as well.
  • Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module giving the drone's identification, location, and take-off information. A broadcast module is a device that can be attached to a drone, or a feature (such as a software upgrade) integrated with the drone. Persons operating a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module must be able to see their drone at all times during flight. All DJI drones that were made before the Remote ID rule took effect but without RID-compliant firmware, are capable of operating with Remote ID functionality by means of an add-on Remote ID broadcast module.
  • Operate (without Remote ID equipment) at FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs) sponsored by community-based organizations or schools. FRIAs are the only locations unmanned aircraft (drones and radio-controlled airplanes) may operate without broadcasting Remote ID message elements.


10-20 01:59
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6. What actions do I need to take if I want to comply with the Remote ID rule by upgrading RID-compliance firmware?
In theory, no action is required until September 16, 2023. If you are already planning to comply with the Remote ID rule, you may need to take the following three actions, click THIS for the details.
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7. How to check if the Remote ID functionality is working properly?
There are several ways to check if Remote ID is working properly.
Way 1: Remote ID status display on the DJI flight control app.
Way 2: Remote ID status display on the DJI Goggles.
Way 3: Remote ID serial number displayed in “Available networks” of the WLAN.

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8. I bought a new drone, how to check whether the drone has built-in compliant Remote ID functionality?
Starting in September 2022, DJI has produced drones that meet the requirements of Remote ID rule. These Remote ID compliant drones will have RID compliant labels affixed before leaving the factory. You can check whether the drone is RID compliant by any of the following ways.
Way 1: Check whether there is a RID compliance identifier “ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B” on the box of the drone.
Way 2: Check whether a RID compliance identifier “ASTM F3411-22a-RID-B” is on the drone compliance label.

Click HERE for the detailed methods.
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9. I bought a drone with built-in RID compliance functionality, what actions do I need to take?
You do not need to take any action until September 16, 2023. Of course you can also take actions to comply with the Remote ID rule ahead of that date. Unlike drone users who have firmware upgrades to comply with the Remote ID rule, you do not need to specifically upgrade the RID compliant firmware and affix the RID compliance identifier to the drone airframe, as the drone is inherently RID-compliant and has the RID compliance identifier affixed. All you need to do is to correctly fill in the Remote ID related information when registering the drone on the FAA DroneZone, see Action 2 in the sec 6.
10-20 02:09
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10. My drone cannot comply with the Remote ID rule by upgrading firmware, what should I do?
You do not need to take any action until September 16, 2023. On and after that date, if you continue to use the drone, you will have to comply with the rule in either of the two ways described below.
  • Operate a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module giving the drone's identification, location, and take-off information. A broadcast module is a device that can be attached to a drone, or a feature (such as a software upgrade) integrated with the drone. Persons operating a drone with a Remote ID broadcast module must be able to see their drone at all times during flight.
  • Operate (without Remote ID equipment) at FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs) sponsored by community-based organizations or schools. FRIAs are the only locations unmanned aircraft (drones and radio-controlled airplanes) may operate without broadcasting Remote ID message elements.


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11. I decided to comply with rule by adding a Remote ID module to the drone, what should I be aware of?
The Remote ID module you purchase must be FAA-approved. Follow the Remote ID module instruction manual to properly install it to the drone. You also need to add Remote ID module information such as make, model, and serial number to the FAA drone registry.
10-20 02:14
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12. What are the conditions for a drone to broadcast the FAA Remote ID signal?
The drone will broadcast the FAA Remote ID signal when all of the following conditions are met.
  • The drone has the Remote ID functionality.
  • The drone is within airspace of the United States.
  • The drone's motor starts.
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13. Does the drone still broadcast FAA Remote ID signal when it leaves the US?
No.
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14. If I bring a RID compliant drone to the US from a non-US country, will the drone broadcast FAA Remote ID signal after takeoff in the US?
Yes.
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15. Will Remote ID reduce battery life?
No.
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16. I bought a DJI Mini 3 Pro just for fun, do I still need to comply with Remote ID rule?
All pilots of drones requiring registration must comply with Remote ID rule. If you are operating a drone with a weight of 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) for purely recreational purposes, you do not need to register your drone or comply with the Remote ID rule, or upgrade the RID-compliant firmware for the Mini 3 Pro. Please follow the official FAA website for the latest drone regulations or changes.
10-20 02:19
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17. What will happen if the built-in Remote ID of the drone malfunctions or fails during flight?
The drone monitors the Remote ID system functionality from pre-flight to shutdown. If the Remote ID system malfunctions or has a failure, an alarm will be displayed in the DJI flight control app or DJI Goggles or third-party apps developed based on the latest DJI Mobile SDK that supports Remote ID. As required by the rule, the person manipulating the flight controls of the drone must land it as soon as practicable if the drone is no longer broadcasting the message elements required by the Remote ID rule.
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18. Do I have to connect to a wireless or Wi-Fi network for the Remote ID functionality to work properly?
No, but connecting to the network is convenient to speed up the time to get the location of the remote controller required by the Remote ID rule.
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19. What should I do if I'm using a third-party app based on the DJI Mobile SDK to control the DJI drone?
After you upgrade the RID-compliant firmware, you must use an app developed based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the FAA Remote ID to control your drone, otherwise the drone will not be able to take off.

Before the pilot compliance deadline (September 16, 2023), if the app developed based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the Remote ID is not yet available, you may use the DJI flight control app to manipulate the drone to take off, and then manually switch to the third-party app developed by DJI Mobile SDK. However, please note that on and after the pilot compliance deadline, you must use an FAA RID-compliant DJI flight control app or an app based on the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the Remote ID to manipulate your drone during the entire flight from takeoff to landing.
DJI provides developers with the DJI Mobile SDK that supports the FAA Remote ID functionality, for detailed APIs information, please visit https://developer.dji.com/mobile-sdk/
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20. Where can I see more detailed Remote ID rule information?
https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/remote_id/drone_pilots
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21. I have other questions about Remote ID, what should I do?
Please contact DJI Support.  
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22. List of FAA RID-compliant Firmware
The below form will be continuously updated.
   
Drone name
   
Drone Firmware
DJI App
DJI Remote Controller
Air 2S
v02.04.23.10 or later
DJI Fly: v1.7.8 or later
DJI RC: v01.02.0000 or   later
   
DJI RC Pro: v03.01.10.00 or   later
Mini 3 Pro
v01.00.04.00 or later
DJI Fly: v1.7.8 or later
DJI RC: v01.02.0000 or   later
   
DJI RC Pro: v03.01.10.00 or   later
Mavic 3 Enterprise
v05.00.02.04 or later
DJI Pilot 2: v5.0.2.9 or   later
DJI RC Pro Enterprise: v02.00.01.11   or later
   

10-20 02:26
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Could you please put this User Guide-FAQ you have made in PDF format and make it available for download here?
It would be nice to have it with us while flying to educate folks in certain circumstances. Thanks!
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Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the info Dji.
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So according to FAA site,  Mini 2 is not required to have RID.  Am I correct in this?
See below for info copied from FAA site

Have a current FAA registration, mark (PDF) your drones on the outside with the registration number, and carry proof of registration with you when flying.
Note: Beginning September 16, 2023, if your drone requires an FAA registration number it will be also required to broadcast Remote ID information.

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Wbear Posted at 10-20 11:17
Could you please put this User Guide-FAQ you have made in PDF format and make it available for download here?
It would be nice to have it with us while flying to educate folks in certain circumstances. Thanks!

Hi there, the PDF file has been uploaded on the 1#, you can download it if needed. Thank you.
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DJI Susan Posted at 10-27 00:45
Hi there, the PDF file has been uploaded on the 1#, you can download it if needed. Thank you.

Once the September 2023 deadline hits, will this Remote ID firmware (Mini 3 Pro) be required in order to fly it after that implementation date?  Or will it still be able to fly it with the pre-existing firmware that does not have the Remote ID capabilities?
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KlooGee Posted at 10-28 08:40
Once the September 2023 deadline hits, will this Remote ID firmware (Mini 3 Pro) be required in order to fly it after that implementation date?  Or will it still be able to fly it with the pre-existing firmware that does not have the Remote ID capabilities?

Hi KlooGee, you can refer to this rule on 17#: https://forum.dji.com/forum.php? ... =277548&pid=2882757
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DJI Susan Posted at 10-30 01:24
Hi KlooGee, you can refer to this rule on 17#: https://forum.dji.com/forum.php? ... =277548&pid=2882757

Hi Susan
Can you advise why the latest Mini 3 Pro firmware update includes the Remote ID when the list of FAQs states:
"If you are operating a drone with a weight of 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) for purely recreational purposes, you do not need to register your drone or comply with the Remote ID rule, or upgrade the RID-compliant firmware for the Mini 3 Pro."
Why is this being rolled out to all Mini 3 Pros?  
Thanks
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Ian in London Posted at 10-30 05:57
Hi Susan
Can you advise why the latest Mini 3 Pro firmware update includes the Remote ID when the list of FAQs states:
"If you are operating a drone with a weight of 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) for purely recreational purposes, you do not need to register your drone or comply with the Remote ID rule, or upgrade the RID-compliant firmware for the Mini 3 Pro."

Hi there, if you are operating the Mini 3 Pro within 250 grams/0.55 pounds for purely recreational purposes, you don't need to, but you can choose to update the Mini 3 Pro, which includes the RID-compliant by default. We did not roll out different firmware for the Mini 3 Pro in this version. And if other accessories are attached, the drone can easily go over 250 grams. Thank you for your kind understanding.
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DJI Susan Posted at 11-1 19:34
Hi there, if you are operating the Mini 3 Pro within 250 grams/0.55 pounds for purely recreational purposes, you don't need to, but you can choose to update the Mini 3 Pro, which includes the RID-compliant by default. We did not roll out different firmware for the Mini 3 Pro in this version. And if other accessories are attached, the drone can easily go over 250 grams. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Understood.  Thanks for the clarification.  
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Ian in London Posted at 11-3 02:49
Understood.  Thanks for the clarification.  
Ian

You are welcome, thank you for your understanding as well.
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What even is the controversy with remote ID?
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DJI Susan Posted at 11-1 19:34
Hi there, if you are operating the Mini 3 Pro within 250 grams/0.55 pounds for purely recreational purposes, you don't need to, but you can choose to update the Mini 3 Pro, which includes the RID-compliant by default. We did not roll out different firmware for the Mini 3 Pro in this version. And if other accessories are attached, the drone can easily go over 250 grams. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Hi Susan, so what youre saying is, even though the Mini 3 Pro is exempt when it is below 250g DJI are disregarding this all together?

If this is the case, what right does DJI have to override the rule of say, the FAA for example?

Unless of course, the FAA is using MTOM and not MTOW. is that the case?

The main issue i have though is the fact that it is displaying pilot and flight information for EVERYONE including Joe Public. This information is personal, and private, why must all this be shown, why cant it just be the pilot's ID number and the rest is encrypted and only available to the relevant authorities?
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Is there any chance that the Mini 2 and/or Mavic 2 will get an RID update from DJI?  The remote from the Mini 2 must have the capability since it can be used with Mini 3 and other compliant drones.  So will the A/C be capable with a firmware update?
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Hi Susan, so what youre saying is, even though the Mini 3 Pro is exempt when it is below 250g DJI are disregarding this all together?

If this is the case, what right does DJI have to override the rule of say, the FAA for example?

According to FAA Remote ID rule -§ 89101 (a) (1), all drones that are used for business purposes, or drones with takeoff weights higher than 250g/0.55 pounds, have to comply with the Remote ID rule. The drone manufacturer does not know the actual purposes of the pilot and the actual takeoff weight, to guarantee the customer's requirement to a larger extent, all Mini 3 Pro users can update the firmware to comply with the FAA Remote ID rules.

Currently, Remote ID rules prohibit manufacturers from providing users with any form of method or tool to disable RID functionality as mentioned in point 4 of this article, therefore, there is no option to disable or enable it. DJI is aware of the case that some Mini 3 Pro users can be exempt from the rule when using the standard battery and flying for purely recreational purposes, we are actively contacting FAA for a solution that can be approved by FAA and acceptable by users.

The content of the Remote ID broadcast and related technical specifications are required by the FAA Remote ID rules and the Remote ID compliance method approved by the FAA. DJI implements Remote ID according to the rules.

Thank you for your understanding.



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DJI Susan Posted at 11-23 03:47
According to FAA Remote ID rule -§ 89101 (a) (1), all drones that are used for business purposes, or drones with takeoff weights higher than 250g/0.55 pounds, have to comply with the Remote ID rule. The drone manufacturer does not know the actual purposes of the pilot and the actual takeoff weight, to guarantee the customer's requirement to a larger extent, all Mini 3 Pro users can update the firmware to comply with the FAA Remote ID rules.

Currently, Remote ID rules prohibit manufacturers from providing users with any form of method or tool to disable RID functionality as mentioned in point 4 of this article, therefore, there is no option to disable or enable it. DJI is aware of the case that some Mini 3 Pro users can be exempt from the rule when using the standard battery and flying for purely recreational purposes, we are actively contacting FAA for a solution that can be approved by FAA and acceptable by users.

It doesnt make sense to me, if its not required then it should be forced onto the customers

Its the same here in the UK with the Plus battery, i am going to do a new thread on that as i need an official response from DJI, please...
11-23 09:25
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Will you be considering the mini SE as a "modern drone" that you will be providing a firmware update for in the future?
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