ARE THERE LAWS CONTROLLING WHEN POLYGRAPH MAY BE USED?
There are currently twenty-eight states which require licensing for polygraph examiners. Most require the successful completion of formal instruction; an internship training period; and successful completion of a licensing examination. For example, the following are the requirements for licensure in Utah:
*shall be of good moral character in that the applicant has not been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or any other crime which when considered with the duties and responsibilities of a deception detection examiner is considered by the division and the board to indicate that the best interests of the public will not be served by granting the applicant a license;
*may not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease and not been restored;
*may not be currently suffering from habitual drunkenness or from drug addiction or dependence;
*shall have completed one of the following:
(1) have earned a bachelor's degree from a 4 year university or college meeting standards established by the division by rule in collaboration with the board;
(2) have completed not less than 8,000 hours of investigation experience approved by the division in collaboration with the board; or
(3) have completed a combination of university or college education and investigation experience;
*shall have successfully completed a training program in detection deception meeting criteria established by rule by the division in collaboration with the board; and
*shall have performed satisfactorily as a licensed deception detection intern for a period of not less than one year and shall have satisfactorily conducted not less than 100 deception detection examinations under the supervision of a licensed deception detection examiner.