How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Colorado

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Licensing Authority

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.

Contact Information

Office of Private Investigator Licensure
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7800
Fax: 303-894-2310

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.

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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.

Hire a Private Detective in Colorado

  • Hire a Private Investigator in Colorado – To hire a private investigator in Colorado, visit our directory of private eyes and private investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find a private investigation agency to sponsor you as a beginning P.I.

Additional Information

  • 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.


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