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: