Orange County Sheriff's Office to reapply for drone license

Gov. Rick Scott signs drone control bill into law

Published On: Apr 25 2013 05:52:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 25 2013 05:53:23 PM EDT

Orange County Sheriff's Office says it will reapply for licensing to use drones in light of Gov. Rick Scott signing a law that limits law enforcement agencies' use of the remotely controlled aircraft.

The new law (SB 92) was signed on Thursday and restricts the use of drones to the prevention of imminent danger to life -- a kidnapping or a missing child -- or serious damage to property.

It also makes police get search warrants before using drones to collect evidence. An exception would be a credible threat of terrorist attack.

Orange County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday  it will "continue to work with the Orange County Board of County Commissioners and the Federal Aviation Administration to reactivate our application for the Certificate of Authorization."

The Federal Aviation Administration allowed Miami-Dade Police and Orange County and Polk County Sheriff's Offices to use drones in Florida. A legislative staff report said Polk County stopped using its drone earlier this year because of costs.