State Licensing Authority
This article explains how to get a private investigator’s 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.
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies governs private investigator licensing in the Colorado 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.
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 above for the most up-to-date list of requirements for the state.
Colorado requires 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 taken for a fingerprint-based criminal history record check.
A Level 2 Private Investigator applicant must satisfy the license requirements of Level I. In addition, a Level II PI must have 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, including education, approved certificate programs, or other experience. Also, you must have fingerprints taken 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 prominent Denver private eyes to elevate the private investigation profession. Visit the website for 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. in the state legislature.
Find a Job
If you’re ready to seek employment, view our directory of private eyes and investigation agencies in Colorado.
Training and Education Resources
You must get the appropriate training and education to get a private investigator license in Colorado. 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.
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