The Office of Private Investigator Licensure licenses Private Investigators in Colorado. Licensure for Private Investigators is mandatory in Colorado. The Office's activities include licensing, investigation of complaints, determination of discipline, and enforcement of discipline for those who violate the Colorado Statutes and the Office of Private Investigator Licensure Rules. The Office of Private Investigator Licensure is a Director model program without an advisory committee.
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You can get a head start on your PI license application by completing your background check now. Private Investigator (PI) License applications will be available in March. Prior to issuing a license, the results of your fingerprint background check from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) must be received. During peak times, it can take several weeks for CBI to provide your results. Complete your background check now and have the result sent to DORA's Office of Private Investigator Licensure. Click here for fingerprinting background check instructions.
PI Application Fees Announced
The Office of Private Investigator Licensure (Office) has announced that the application fee for mandatory private investigator licensure will be $330 for both Level I and Level II private investigators. The http://runescape.wikia.com/wiki/RuneScape_Wiki Office will post and begin accepting applications in March 2015.
Please note that fees are not part of rules or rulemaking. Please click here to read additional details concerning fee setting sent to the Office's stakeholder listserve. If you would like to sign up to receive notifications http://youtube.wikia.com/wiki/YouTube_Wiki from the Office, please provide your name and email address to Dennis Larson, Enforcement Unit Supervisor, at Dennis.Larson@state.co.us
Rulemaking Update for the Private Investigator Licensure Program
The Division of Professions and Occupations, Office of Private Investigator Licensure, held a rule making hearing on January 5, 2015 to review the rules for the Private Investigators Licensure Program prior to adoption. The adopted version of the rules is available below.
Click here to download the Office of Private Investigator Licensure rules, as submitted for adoption.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On June 6, 2014, Colorado Senate Bill 14-133 was signed into law, repealing the Private Investigators Voluntary Licensure Act (HB 11-1195). As such, the Private Investigators Voluntary Licensing Program is discontinued effective June 6, 2014.
All voluntary Private Investigator licenses are now expired. Licensees expired under this issue will receive a pro-rated refund based on the unused portion of their licensure period. If you are due a refund, you need not do anything; your refund will be automatically Effective PI sent to you.
SB 14-133 replaces the voluntary program with the Private Investigators Licensure Act, which establishes a new mandatory licensure program, requiring all Colorado private investigators to obtain a license from the division by June 1, 2015. Additional information, applications and forms for Private Investigator licensure will be available in the spring of 2015.
What to Expect: Frequently Asked Questions on Mandatory Licensure
Naturally, private investigators throughout Colorado have many questions regarding steps they will need to take in order to become licensed by June 1. At this time, the final rules have been adopted, and are awaiting approval. The Office anticipates that the rules will be approved in early March 2015. At that time, applications forms will be available, as will the exam.
The Office of Private Investigator Licensure licenses Private Investigators in Colorado. Licensure for Private Investigators is mandatory in Colorado starting June 1, 2015. The Office's activities include licensing, investigation of complaints, determination of discipline, and enforcement of discipline for those who violate the Colorado Statutes and the Office of Private Investigator Licensure Rules. The Office of Private Investigator Licensure is a Director model program without an advisory committee. This means that Colorado Law authorizes the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations to adopt rules, set fees and approve applications for licensure as a private investigator among other powers and duties.
Mark Browne is the Program Director for the Office. In that role, Mr. Browne's primary responsibility is to ensure the profession is regulated in accordance with Colorado law. This includes oversight of the licensing, complaint and disciplinary processes. Mr. Browne also serves as Program Director for the State Electrical and Plumbing Boards.
By June 1, 2015, a private investigator conducting private investigations in the state is required to obtain a license. After June 1, 2015, only a licensed private investigator may present himself or herself as or use the title of a "licensed private investigator," "private investigator," "licensed private detective," or "private detective."
The Private Investigator Licensure Act (section 12-58.5-105, C.R.S.) provides certain exemptions for licensure for collection agencies, attorneys, law enforcement, accountants and others who lawfully conduct investigations within their respective authority and scope.
Yes, SB14-133 which is now codified as section 12-58.5, C.R.S. requires individuals to obtain a license in Colorado to practice as a private investigator in the state.
Colorado Law (SB13-144 which is now codified as section 12-58.5, C.R.S.) explicitly disallows anyone to practice as a private investigator in Colorado without a license starting on June 1, 2015. Any authority to establish "reciprocity" with other states must be authorized in Colorado Law through the General Assembly. Because reciprocity is not authorized, the Division may not enter into any reciprocity relationships with other states.
Because the Division is still in the early implementation stages for SB14-133, the specific details related to the jurisprudence exam are not yet known. The Division anticipates the jurisprudence exam required by 12-58.5-106, C.R.S. will be developed after rules are adopted and prior to March 2014.
In Colorado, the cost of regulation is borne by the regulated community; that is, the licensed private investigators pay for the cost of regulation through licensing fees and renewal fees. The Division actively works to keep licensing fees as low as possible. The Division does not receive General Fund monies to pay for the regulation of private investigators therefore all costs associated with the regulatory program must be raised through licensure and renewal fees.
Sections 12-58.5-106 and 24-34-105, C.R.S. authorize the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations to set fees for licensure, renewal and reinstatement.
The Private Investigators Voluntary Licensing Program was discontinued effective June 6, 2014. All voluntary Private Investigator licenses are now expired.
SB 14-133 replaces the voluntary program with the Private Investigators Licensure Act, which establishes a new mandatory licensure program, requiring all Colorado private investigators to obtain a license from the Division by June 1, 2015.
*Please note the dates provided above are estimates, and may be subject to change(last revised January 2015).
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.