Colorado private investigators would get special access to records under licencing bill

DENVER, CO. – Legislation that would permit private investigators to obtain a license from the state entitling them to access to some records not available to anyone else has been introduced into the Colorado legislature.

House Bill 1195, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee chair Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs, would establish a licensing system requiring private investigators to obtain a license if they want to call themselves a “licensed private investigator.”

The legislation would end Colorado’s status as one of four states that do not license PIs.

Under the licensing system created by the bill, licenses would be issued to PIs who have no felony convictions or class one misdemeanor convictions for the past 10 years, and who have 4,000 hours of work experience or 2,000 hours plus some form of as-yet unspecified post-secondary education.

License holders would receive unprecedented access to public records in Colorado,  including to unredacted copies of any court record not under seal.  Currently, many court records are withheld from public disclosure or redacted by order of the state Supreme Court, including most records in divorce cases.

The legislation would also permit licensed PIs to obtain birth and death records, which in Colorado are currently not available except to the named person or their immediate relatives.

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One thought on “Colorado private investigators would get special access to records under licencing bill

  1. In most if not all states, private investigators really have no more access
    to public records than anyone else. In Tennessee, for example, we have an
    Open Records Act that allows access for anyone. No authorized purpose is
    even neccessary. If I’m not mistaken, about 40 states (including Colorado)
    have Public Records Acts. I’m convinced that libertarian-oriented lobbies –
    particularly in a state like Colorado – will trump the greedy investigative
    lobbying effort here and shoot down this bill. I am ashamed that an
    association of private investigators would want this as opposed to open
    access. This is simply trying to use the legislative process to create a
    cabal. The public will only suffer because of this. As will the reputation
    of our profession, unfortunately.

    David C. Childe, CFA
    Principal
    Legal Research & Investigation
    Memphis, TN 38103
    Licesed in TN

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