Computer Forensics and Forensic Accounting Licensing Survey

Kessler International recently collected the results of a survey conducted nationally regarding the licensing requirements for private investigators providing forensic accounting services on a state-to-state basis.

The questions that were asked of each state licensing board or agency are:

1) Does your state require a Public or Private Accounting firm be licensed/registered as a private investigator in order to provide forensic accounting services?
2) Does your state require that a CPA, working as an employee of a Private Investigation Firm, be licensed/registered as a Private Investigator?
3) Does your state require that an accountant who is engaged in providing forensic accounting services, on behalf of a Public of Private Accounting Firm, have to be licensed/registered as a private investigator?
4) Does your state require that a computer forensics technician who is engaged in providing computer forensics to the general public have to be licensed as a private investigator?
5) Does your state require that a firm offering computer forensic services be licensed as a private investigator in order to provide the service to the general public?
6) Would experience as a forensic accountant of a CPA firm or private practice qualify as “equivalent experience” to become a Private Investigator?
7) Would experience as a computer forensic examiner qualify as “equivalent experience” to become a Private Investigator?

For a better understanding of how each state that provided correspondence responded, please consult our interactive map:

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

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License-Not-required – State does not require licensing for private investigation.

Awaiting-for-response – Awaiting response from State.

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