Colorado PIs Offered Guidance on the Surety Bonds for New Licenses

Posted April 20, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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By Susanna Speier

Denver Private Investigator Blogger

Denver – Colorado private investigators working their way through the procedures for obtaining the state’s new licenses and wondering about the legal significance of the requirement for a surety bond have new guidance.

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Workshop set to Help Investigators Build Their Businesses

Posted April 9, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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By Susanna Speier

Denver Private Investigator Blogger

DENVER – Want to take your PI practice to the next level but need some guidance and perhaps a little nudge?

On Saturday, April 25th the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado –-the state’s largest association of investigators– is offering a full-day workshop on exactly that topic called “The Basics of Building your PI Business.”

According to their blurb on the PPIAC site, the workshop “is specifically designed for newcomers to the private investigation industry.”

Although we could not track anyone down for comment, the EVCO Investigations website provided a blurb posted by John L. Morris listing with topics to be covered that included: — More—

First Month of Applications Nets Not Even 100 Colorado Private Investigators

Posted April 5, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

DENVER – The pace at which Colorado private investigators sign up for licenses under the state’s new mandatory licensing program will have to triple during the final month of the recommended applications period in order to make the program financially viable, according to figures released to the Denver Private Investigator Blog.

During the first month of the applications period, 78 licenses were issued, according to the Department of Regulatory Agencies Private Investigator and Electrical and Plumbing boards licensing Program Director, Mark Browne. Five applications are “incomplete,” six are “pending” and four have either been — More—

It’s Official: Colorado Private Investigators Can Now Apply for Licenses to Get Legal

Posted March 6, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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The test. The prints. The background check. The application. Colorado private investigators who want to stay in business now have 60 days to get square with state regulators.

Have your credit-cards ready.

The applications were available online as of March 2. Click “professionals” in the left- hand column and you’ll be taken to a page offering links to an application login, checklist, fingerprinting information and the jurisprudence exam.

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Start Your Test-Prep Engines: Colorado PI Group Sets Licensing Test Seminar

Posted February 25, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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Start Your Test-Prep Engines: Colorado PI Group Sets Licensing Test Seminar

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Two days after the new Colorado licensing rules for private investigators officially go into effect, the state’s largest private investigator’s group is set to host a free one- hour licensing preparation seminar that’s open to both members and non-members.

The session hosted by the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) is set to be held during the group’s next monthly meeting,

4:30 pm at CB & Potts, 6575 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Greenwood Village.

The seminar is designed to help private investigators pass the “jurisprudence exam” they’ll have to take sometime during the next two months in order to obtain a license by June 1. The mandatory licensing program is new. It was created by the 2014 legislature.

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Final Private Investigator Rules for Colorado Look a Lot Like Proposed Rules

Posted February 6, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

DENVER – The rules governing Colorado’s new program for licensing private investigators are speeding through the approval process with nary a hint that anything private investigator say about them is making a difference.

The rules have been approved by the state’s Attorney General and filed with the secretary of state. Next up, they’ll be pushed later this month in the Colorado Register – the state’s official rule book. They’ll be effective March 2.

Despite the myriad concerns raised at a public hearing last month, the final version shows only one noticeable change from the previous. For those seeking a senior-level license, any work they did with the military police or military intelligence branches can count toward the 4,000 of investigative experience required to obtain what the regulators called a “level II” license. There is no experience required to obtain an entry-level – or level I – license.

In other words, regulators are now being a wee bit more lenient with the experience requirements. Otherwise, not a lot stakeholder commentary managed to stick.

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Colorado Private Investigator Regulators Set Annual Fee for Licenses at $330

Posted January 13, 2015 by privateinvestigatorblogger
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By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

DENVER – Colorado private investigators will be required to pay $330 a year for the right to continue their work after June 1 as the cost of obtaining a license under the state’s new mandatory licensing law.

The cost for the license was announced January 5 by Mark Browne, program director of the Office of Private Investigator Licensure at the Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). “We appreciate that any application fee is a real cost to businesses and have set the fee as judiciously as possible to fulfill the General Assembly’s intent as well as the needs of private investigators,” Brown said in announcing the fee.

The fee will apply for both investigators with no prior experience, and experienced investigators seeking what the department calls a “level II” license.

In addition, investigators will be required to obtain a $10,000 bond, the cost of which is normally between $50 and $200. And they’ll have to pass an online, “open-book” test.

The same day that Browne made the announcement of the license fee an audience of the almost 50 private investigators clustered into a conference room for a hearing hosted by regulators on the rules for implementing the new licensing law. The PIs asked for clarifications of the rules implementing the licensing law, and expressed a variety of concerns:

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