This article explains how to get a private investigator license in Colorado. It includes an overview of the state licensing authority and their contact information. In addition, it covers the general licensing requirements and reciprocity agreements with other states. Also, it includes recommended private investigator associations and suggested training resources
Private investigator licensing in Colorado is governed by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Office of Private Investigator Licensure. Licensure for Private Investigators is mandatory in Colorado effective 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.
Office of Private Investigator Licensure
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Requirements to Get a Private Investigator License in Colorado
While the requirements to get a private investigator license in Colorado may change, here is a list of the general requirements. Please visit the website listed above for the most up-to-date list of requirements for the state.
Colorado has requirements for a “Level 1” and “Level 2” private investigator. A Level 1 must
- Be at least twenty-one years of age
- Be lawfully present in the United States; and
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the laws and rules affecting the ethics
and activities of private investigators in this state by passing a jurisprudence examination developed and approved by the director.
- Have fingerprints take for a fingerprint-based criminal history record check
A Level 2 Private Investigator applicant must satisfy the requirements for a level I private investigator license. In addition, a Level II PI must have an amount of verifiable, applicable experience as a private investigator or equivalent experience with a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, military police, the federal bureau of investigation, or other equivalent experience. The director determines the amount and type of experience, which may include education, approved certificate programs, or other experience. Also, you must have fingerprints take for a fingerprint-based criminal history record check. And, you must pay license, renewal, and reinstatement fees
Colorado does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states. The law explicitly disallows anyone to practice as a private investigator in Colorado without a license.
Colorado Private Investigator Associations
Colorado Society of Private Investigators – This association was formed by a group of prominent Denver private eyes with the goal of elevating the private investigation profession. Visit the website to get information on membership, association by-laws, meetings, schedules, private eye resources and more.
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) – Established in 1978, the PPIAC is dedicated to developing and maintaining professionalism for private investigators in Colorado. The private detective association provides training opportunities and resources for private investigators statewide. The PPIAC also serves as a voice for P.I.’s in the state legislature.
Find a Job
If you’re ready to look for employment, view our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies in Colorado.
Training and Education Resources
If you want to get a private investigator license in Colorado, you’ll need to get the appropriate training and education. There isn’t an official study guide for becoming a private investigator in Colorado. In addition to your knowledge and experience in private investigations, familiarize yourself with the information in these documents.
- The Private Investigator Practices Act
- Private Investigator Rules and Regulations
- Mandatory Licensure FAQs
View our list of general Private Investigator Training Resources. Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigation knowledge necessary to get licensed.
If you need information on licensing requirements in other states, Buy the Private Investigator’s Licensing Handbook (eBook) at Amazon.
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