Drone Reporting

Basic Law Enforcement Response D.R.O.N.E.

Direct attention outward and upward, attempt to locate and identify individuals operating the drone. (Look at windows/balconies/roof tops)

Report incident to the FAA Regional Operations Center (ROC). Follow-up assistance can be obtained through FAA Law Enforcement Assistance Program special agents.

Observe the UAS and maintain visibility of the device, look for damage or injured individuals.
Note: Battery life is typically 20 to 30 minutes.

Notice features: Identify the type of device (fixed-wing/multi-rotor), its size, shape, color, payload (i.e., video equipment), and activity of device.

Execute appropriate police action: Maintain a safe environment for general public and first responders. Conduct a field interview and document ALL details of the event per the guidance provided by the FAA.

Always follow agency policies – Take appropriate action based on the facts and circumstances of the incident and site/area specific laws and rules. The FAA’s enforcement action does NOT impact ANY enforcement action/s taken by law enforcement.

Local ordinances that may apply include, but are not limited to: Reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, voyeurism, inciting violence.


FAA Drone Incident Reporting

Document and provide the following information to FAA:

  • Identity of operators and witnesses (name, contact information)
  • Type of operation (hobby, commercial, public/governmental)
  • Type of device(s) and registration information (number/certificate)
  • Event location and incident details (date, time, place)
  • Evidence collection (photos, video, device, confiscation)

Contact your FAA LEAP agent or an FAA Operations Center for assistance.

Western ROC AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA and WY (425) 227-1999
Central ROC AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, TX, WI (817) 222-5006
East ROC AL, CT, FL, GA, KY, MA, ME, MS, NC, NH, PR, RI, SC, TN, VI, and VT (404) 305-5180
East ROC DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV (404) 305-5150