Colorado Lawmakers Consider Switching to Mandatory Licensing for Private Investigators

By the Denver Private Investigator Blog

DENVER— Colorado legislators are considering requiring all private investigators to obtain a license, a proposal spurred by tepid response from investigators to an optional licensing program adopted last year.

If passed, legislation introduced in the state Senate last week – SB13-259 – would convert the current voluntary licensing program to a mandatory program, effective  March 1, 2014.

Introduction of the bill has reignited a debate among Colorado private investigators about whether licensing is good for the profession, or clients. The debate is intense in part because the fee for the optional license recently doubled to $644 a year because the program garnered a third of the anticipated participation. Opponents say they don’t want to be required to subsidize the program. And because critics charge the mandatory licensing program would drive many investigators out of the business.

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One thought on “Colorado Lawmakers Consider Switching to Mandatory Licensing for Private Investigators

  1. This is a very poor decision that will certainly put must of us out of business. Being a PI is not a very good business in this area and never has been. PI’s cannot support a family off of PI Business. He must have other employment.

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