TITLE 13. PRIVATE DETECTIVES

Md. BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS Code Ann. § 13-101
BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS
TITLE 13. PRIVATE DETECTIVES
SUBTITLE 1. DEFINITIONS; GENERAL PROVISIONS
Md. BUSINESS OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS Code Ann. § 13-101 (2013)

§ 13-101. Definitions
(a) In general. — In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) Central Repository. — “Central Repository” means the Criminal Justice Information System Central
Repository of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
(c) Certification card. — “Certification card” means a card issued by the Secretary under § 13-406 of this
title to an individual certified as a private detective.
(d) Firm. — “Firm” means a partnership or corporation.
(e) Firm member. — “Firm member” means a partner of a partnership or an officer or director of a
corporation.
(f) License. — “License” means, unless the context requires otherwise, a license issued by the Secretary
to conduct a business to provide private detective services.
(g) Licensed private detective agency. — “Licensed private detective agency” means, unless the context
requires otherwise, a person who is licensed by the Secretary to conduct a business that provides
private detective services.
(h) Private detective. — “Private detective” means an individual who personally provides private
detective services.
(i) Private detective agency. — “Private detective agency” means a person who conducts a business that
provides private detective services.
(j) Provide private detective services. —
(1) “Provide private detective services” means to provide, for compensation, the service of:
(i) conducting an investigation that concerns:
1. a crime or wrong committed, assumed to have been committed, or threatened to be committed; 2. the identity, habits, conduct, movement, location, affiliations, associations, transactions,
reputation, or character of any person;
3. the credibility of a witness or of any other individual;
4. the location of a missing individual;
5. the location or recovery of lost or stolen property;
6. the origin or cause of or responsibility for:
A. a fire;
B. an accident;
C. any damage to or loss of property; or
D. an injury to an individual;
7. the affiliation, connection, or relation of any person with an organization or other person; or
8. the activities, conduct, efficiency, loyalty, or honesty of any employee, agent, contractor, or
subcontractor;
(ii) securing evidence for use before any investigating committee, board of award, or board of
arbitration or for use in the trial of any civil or criminal cause;
(iii) nonuniformed personal protection; or
(iv) conducting an investigation to locate or apprehend a fugitive from justice, unless the person:
1. conducting the investigation is a property bail bondsman or licensed by the Insurance
Commissioner of the State or a similar licensing body of another state as a bail bondsman;
2. is an employee of a property bail bondsman or a licensed bail bondsman for the purpose of
locating or apprehending fugitives from justice; or
3. is authorized as an agent by a property bail bondsman or licensed bail bondsman in advance of
the apprehension of a fugitive from justice.
(2) “Provide private detective services” does not include:
(i) performing any activity of a person who is engaged exclusively in the business of making
investigations and reports that relate to the financial standing, creditworthiness, or financial
responsibility of any person; (ii) performing any activity of a person who is engaged exclusively in the business of making a report
for an insurance or credit purpose, except if the making of the report involves an investigation or
surveillance of a sort normally performed by a person who otherwise is subject to this title;
(iii) monitoring an electronically controlled burglar or fire alarm system with a central unit; or
(iv) making a marketing survey.
(k) Representative member. — “Representative member” means a firm member who is appointed under
§ 13-302(b) of this title to act on behalf of the firm.
(l) Secretary. — “Secretary” means the Secretary of State Police

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