For the past several years, Colorado had been unique among other states in that it has not required its PIs to be licensed. However, it did offer the option of a voluntary license.
Some PIs questioned whether this was worth their time, while others felt strongly that being licensed gave them an advantage in several areas. For one thing, licensed PIs were more quickly qualified to provide legal testimony. Also, having that credential made it easier to access databases to find out information about people.
Private investigators in Colorado no longer have the dilemma of choosing whether or not be get a license since Colorado Senate Bill 14-133 passed on June 6, 2014. This legislation discontinued the voluntary licensure act and replaced it with a mandatory one that takes effect on June 1, 2015.
After this date, you cannot work as a PI in Colorado without this license. This means that you cannot use any of the following professional titles unless you have Colorado’s PI license:
- Private Investigator
- Licensed Private Investigator
- Private Detective
- Licensed Private Detective
Not surprisingly, Colorado’s PIs have many questions about exactly what the licensing process entails. These questions remained unanswered until March 2, 2015 when the Office of Private Investigator Licensure posted the information about the process on its website.
You have the option at applying at two different levels. If you are just starting out, you can apply to be a Level I Private Investigator. If you are an experienced professional in the field, you can apply at Level II. You must submit your complete application, your background check information, and the passing results report for your Jurisprudence Exam by May 1, 2015.
Having a PI license will mark you as a true professional and should enhance your desirability to potential clients.