(1) For purposes of
the term "employee" shall be defined as an individual to whom wages are paid by
the attorney or law firm and from whose wages Federal Income Tax and/or Federal
Insurance Contributions Act monies are withheld by the attorney or law
(2) The activities performed
by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a non-profit organization, are not
required to be performed by a licensed private investigator.
(3) Persons performing the duties of a
mortgage default inspector are not required to obtain a private investigator
license provided that these persons only interview the homeowner/mortgagor to
determine the reason for delinquency in payments. Additionally, if the property
is vacant or appears to be so, the company representative performing these
duties may talk to neighbors to verify occupancy status of the subject property
and, after completion of duties, may file a report with the mortgage company
detailing the findings.
who perform the services of a "mystery shopper" or who are employed as a
"mystery shopper" are not required to be licensed as a private investigator, as
long as the "mystery shopper" is not performing private investigation services
as defined in T.C.A. §
(10). A "mystery shopper" is someone who is
employed by a retail organization to assess the functioning of the retail
organization, including but not limited to customer service and product
(5) Court reporters and
persons who perform videographer services for depositions are not required to
obtain a private investigator license.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original rule filed June
9, 2003; effective August 23, 2003. Amendment filed September 19, 2003;
effective December 3, 2003. Amendment filed February 8, 2012; effective May 8,
Authority: T.C.A. §§
62-26-208, 62-26-223, and