There are currently 15 DJI drone models with Remote identification. DJI has provided firmware updates that bring most of their models into the Remote ID requirement compliance for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Hello, fellow drone enthusiasts! My name is Lavelle and I am a drone pilot, a DJI drone owner of multiple models, and a long-time drone enthusiast.
In this article, I will explain what Remote identification is, why it is required, and what regulations pertain to the requirement. I also will provide you with the list of DJI drones, that have Remote IDs.
- Most DJI drones will be compliant by September 2023, which is the mandatory date for all drones to have a Remote ID.
- Drones weighing less than .55 lbs are not required to have a Remote ID.
- The primary reason for drones having Remote ID is safety issues. It allows drones to be tracked and monitored, ensuring that they are operated safely and lawfully.
What is Remote ID
Remoted Identification (ID) is basically like a digital license plate for drones. It is a universal way for the FAA to monitor drones and who they belong to. The requirement is an effort by the FAA to make the airways safer for all aircraft and pilots.
The requirement went into effect on April 21, 2021. While the effective date was in April 2021, the FAA instituted a 3-year implementation plan to give adequate time for drone operators to come into compliance.
The process for compliance is fairly simple. All you need to do is upgrade your drone’s software and it automatically generates the Remote ID.
According to the regulation, all drones that are required to be registered (ones weighing .55 lbs or more) will need a Remote ID to broadcast their position and altitude. The broadcast signal will also provide the FAA with its serial number.
DJI Drones that Have Remote ID
Find a list of the DJI drones that currently have a Remote ID below.
DJI Mavic Series
Here is a list of the Mavic Series drones that have Remote IDs. The Mavic 3 line of drones is relatively new and each drone has a Remote ID or has the software upgrade needed for a Remote ID.
- Mavic 3 Classic
- Mavic 3
- Mavic 3 Enterprise
- Mavic 3 Cine
- Mavic 3 Thermal
- Mavic 3 Multispectral
DJI Matrice Series
The Matrice series, which is a higher-end professional drone, is Remote ID ready. The two versions listed here only differ in the thermal imaging/night vision feature.
- Matrice 30
- Matrice 30 Thermal
The Agras series of drones, primarily used for agriculture activities, is Remote ID ready.
- Agras T30
- Agras T40
Other DJI Models With Remote ID
A few other models with Remote ID capabilities include the Mini Pro, the Avata, and the M300 RTK. Each of these drones are well equipped to deliver excellent features and be compliant with all FAA regulations.
Here are some answers to a few of the frequently asked questions about Remote ID.
Does DJI Mavic Have a Remote ID?
Yes, the Mavic series drones each have a Remote ID. They are either equipped with Remote ID or have the software upgrade available to download the Remote ID feature.
Do Any Drones Have Remote IDs Yet?
Yes, there are several drone models that already have the Remote ID feature native to the craft.
Does DJI Mini Have a Remote ID?
No, the DJI Mini does not have a Remote ID yet but the Mini Pro does come with Remote ID. There is a software upgrade available to have the Mini become compliant, however, since it is less than .55 lbs it is not required by the FAA.
The Remote ID feature is a safety priority for the FAA. After initiating the ruling in 2021, the FAA has given a 3-year implementation period for drones to become compliant.
The mandatory date is by September 2023. It is a simple process to meet the compliance requirement and most drones in the DJI family will be fully compliant by or before the September requirement.
Does your drone have a Remote ID? What are your thoughts about the requirement? Please live your comments and questions about Remote ID below.