Bullseye Handbook: Private Investigators And GPS Devices

At Bullseye Investigations, we are often asked if we can place a GPS device on a car. The answer is yes, but a qualified yes, as the consent of the owner of the car is required in order to do so.

If, for example, a parent wants to track their child, they can do so if the car is registered in their name, not the child’s. If the child is the registered owner of the car, a GPS device cannot be used. Similarly, an employer can place a GPS on a company-owned car. Care is needed, however, as in some states (e.g., New York) tracking can only take place during work hours. An employer cannot, however, place a GPS on an employee’s car without their consent.