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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

The UK is exploring whether and how to implement Remote ID (RID). This system enables a drone in flight to provide identification and location information that can be received by other parties. Any roll out will involve implementing the regulation and technology to enable RID and enable authorised parties to have access to RID data.

It is currently estimated that implementation of RID would take 18-24 months. The project is currently in the design phase until September 2023.

One of the major changes that is being explored as part of the RID system is mandating that drones will not be able to fly unless Remote ID is enabled.

To set clear expectations, as stated above, this work is at an exploratory design phase, and as with all major regulatory changes, there will be a public consultation phase which we anticipate will run in 2023/2024, and there may be an outcome that we do not proceed with implementing Remote ID at all in the UK.

Purpose of this engagement:

We wish to engage drone manufacturers to gather views on:

  • The proposed Remote ID system and transmission methods
  • Effort and timelines to implement changes
  • Mandating that RID be enabled for all flights.

This will enable us to better understand your perspectives on the timescales to make the necessary technology changes, estimated costs and other considerations to be taken into account as part of the implementation planning and transition period.

The intention is to use this first engagement event to discuss:

  • Scope and timelines of the UK RID implementation
  • Impact on manufacturers of mandating that RID be enabled in terms of the technology requirements and feasibility
  • Discussion of other implications for manufacturers

Based on the attendance and engagement at this first event, there may be further sessions held with manufacturers, including 1 to 1 sessions.


The event will be held on the 21st June from 10-12am, as a hybrid meeting. For those wishing to attend in person, there is a room in our Gatwick office.

If you wish to attend, then please confirm your attendance by email to uavenquiries@caa.co.uk