Discreet Investigation Service

What to Know About GPS Tracking Laws in CT

11/11/2020

When considering using GPS tracking in CT there are 3 requirements that need to be met, these requirements apply to both Private Investigators and the general public. Client’s and the general public often think or believe that GPS tracking laws don’t apply to the owner of the car and that is in fact untrue. The only time the requirements do not need to be followed is in the case of monitoring a teenage driver. The following are the requirements for GPS tracking in CT:

  1. The GPS tracker must be powered on its own, this means it needs to have its own battery and cannot utilize any aspect of the vehicle as a power source.
  2. The GPS tracker must attach to the vehicle without the use of any help, the only option is a magnetic case that attaches to the vehicle. Tape, glue, string, etc. cannot be used to attach the GPS unit to the vehicle.
  3. The person utilizing the GPS tracker or hiring a Private Investigator to use the GPS tracker must have some ownership of the vehicle either by actual ownership or marital property.

 

Those are the requirements that make up the GPS tracking laws in CT. We have personally seen several individuals disregard the guidelines and have also seen many more cases in the news. The results of breaking the law has ranged from fines to jail time and countless money and time spent on lawyers and court fees. The best option is to follow the law and avoid the following mistakes:

  • Utilizing a GPS tracker that goes into the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port on a car is not allowed as it is powered by the OBD port and is held in by the OBD port.
  • Living with a girlfriend or boyfriend does not make their car yours or give you any ownership of it, nor does giving them money for it. If it’s not partially or completely in your name you can’t use a GPS tracker.
  • Having a child with someone does not allow you to use a GPS tracker unless you have the above-mentioned ownership or martial ownership of said vehicle.
  • If while illegally using a GPS tracker you cause fear and/or panic to the person you will likely face criminal charges. One examples of this occurred when a gentleman duck-tapped a small box containing a GPS tracker to his ex-girlfriends’ car. While driving the box began to fall off and half opened exposing the device and wires inside. At some point the gentleman’s ex-girlfriend noticed the box and the wires inside and thought it was a bomb, so she called the police. The gentleman was charged with several offenses including a charge relating to inciting panic and intentionally trying to cause fear.

 

If you are considering using GPS tracking in CT give us a call and we can help as the above points are just a few examples of complications related to GPS tracking and there are many more to be aware of. DIS will help you avoid trouble and help get you the answers you are looking for.