Drone ID is the requirement that all drones operating in the United States broadcast their purpose, location, course, surveillance capabilities (audio, video, electronic, facial recognition), and provide contact information for their actual operator. This information should be made publicly available through easily installed apps, as is done currently with vessels and airplanes. Remote ID allows people on the ground to determine the identity of a drone and to assess whether it is engageing in activities that compromise safety, privacy, or security.
The FAA published a notice of proposed rule for “Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems." The FAA stated, "This action would require the remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the airspace of the United States would address safety, national security, and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the airspace of the United States while also enabling greater operational capabilities.” This FAA proposal envisions that within three years of the effective date of this rule, all drones operating in the airspace of the United States will be compliant with the remote identification requirement. However, the proposed rule limits access to information about drones to federal agencies and law enforcement.