Unlicensed investigative activity exists as a problem in New Hampshire

Contact Person: John Healy, President
603 746-4994
Unlicensed investigative activity exists as a problem  in New Hampshire. Members of the New Hampshire League of Investigators, Inc. have been made aware of several web sites and several business cards of entities offering these services.
New Hampshire Law states:
"a person engaged in conducting investigations involving, but not limited to:
       (a) Unsolved crimes.
       (b) Insurance.
       (c) Clandestine surveillance.
       (d) Missing persons.
       (e) Lost, concealed, or stolen property.
       (f) Escaped felons or wanted persons subject to reward for capture. "
OR
"the business of collecting for a fee, hire or reward information on the identity, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, transactions, reputation or character of any person, or otherwise doing investigative work for a private rather than a public interest. " NH RSA 106-f: 4
 106-F:5 License Required; Registration of Foreign Corporations. –
    I. No person shall engage in the business of a private detective agency without obtaining a private detective agency license from the commissioner of safety"
It is clear that it is the activity that is licensed, not the title of the provider. Any entity performing the services described in 106-F:
 is functioning as an investigator,  no matter what they call themselves. The key element is performing these services for a fee of any kind.
106-f:5 make a license mandatory.
Example: If a NH business hires a third party for employee screening and that entails collecting " information on the identity, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, transactions, reputation or character of any person", a license is clearly required. RSA 106-f: 4  II
Why should this interest the public? Anyone licensed under this chapter must meet the minimum requirements set forth by law, post a $50,000.00 bond and oversight is provided by the Department of Safety. This is all designed to protect the public.
No license means no bond and no oversight by the Dept of Safety.
If a business or a law firm, insurance carrier or member of the public is paying a fee for "information on the identity, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, transactions, reputation or character of any person, or otherwise doing investigative work for a private rather than a public interest, " they should be diligent and ask for a copy of the license.
Licensing is the responsibility of:
Department of Safety
NH State Police
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
(603) 271-3575
To learn more about the profession or to locate a licensed investigator visit WWW.NHLI.NET.
This press release quotes statutes but is not intended to be legal advice. For legal advice contact an attorney.