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.