Guide to Remote ID & Operations Over People Declaration of Compliance

By | September 22, 2022

Interested in learning more about Declarations of Compliance (DoC) for drones regarding operations over people or remote identification?

Why do I need a Declaration of Compliance?

Unless you are flying your drone



What is an FAA Declaration of Compliance?


Where can I find the  FAA drone Declarations of Compliance list?


How do I use a drone Declaration of Compliance?


What are my options if my aircraft does not have a Declaration of Compliance?

Besides the obvious of asking the manufacturer to go and get one, operators have an option to

What happens if I photoshop a fake Declaration of Compliance?

Alot of stuff can happen. Typically, it’s not fun.

18 USC 1001 says,

“whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1)falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2)makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3)makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.”

If you mail or email it, you can get wire fraud charges.

How does a manufacturer obtain a Declaration of Compliance for their product?

Remote Identification

The FAA published some helpful information on how to go about obtaining a remote identification Declaration of Compliance in Advisory Circular 89-2.


Operations Over People

The FAA created the DECMAN system to process applications.

How does a Means of Compliance relate to a Declaration of Compliance?

The FAA has a list of Means of Compliance located here.  Just like there is a means of

Declaration of Compliance Myths

Myth 1. “If my drone has remote ID, I can fly over people.”



Myth 2. “If my drone does not have remote ID, I cannot fly it.”


Myth 3. “If my drone does not have a Category 2, 3, or 4 declaration of compliance,  I cannot fly over people.”