Colorado Creates Private Investigators Licensure Act

Colorado Creates Private Investigators Licensure Act

Date Enacted:  June 6, 2014
Date Effective:June 6, 2014

Are you a private investigator in Colorado? If so, there’s a law you need to know about. Colorado SB 133 generates a requirement for you to post or be covered by a license bond.

Does this bill leave you with questions about getting your Colorado private investigator license bond? In this article, we’ll cover the most important details of this law and how to get bonded.

Licensing and License Bonding Now Mandated

In the past, Colorado had a voluntary licensure program for private investigators but due to concerns for the public, the Colorado legislature felt it necessary to create mandatory provisions for private investigators.

Prevailing issues leading to the act were: investigators lacking the proper knowledge, behaving in an unethical manner, or operating despite having a criminal history. The legislature felt that stronger requirements were necessary to protect consumers because by nature, the work these investigators do brings them in contact with sensitive and personal information and consumers were not always being served in the best manner possible.

This strong desire to protect the public at large led to the Private Investigators Licensure Act, which requires private investigators in Colorado to be licensed and bonded.

Details of License and Permit Bond Obligations

The stipulation to become licensed comes with a further requirement to post a license bond. The amount of the bond to be carried is determined by the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations.

If the licensee fails to carry the appropriate commercial bond, they will be subject to disciplinary action. The disciplinary actions could include any of the following: a letter of admonition being issued; being placed on probation; or, having the license to act as a private investigator denied, suspended, or revoked. If the license is revoked or acquiesced to avoid disciplinary action, the licensee will not be eligible to reapply for a license for two years from the date of revocation or acquiescence.

This licensure law will not apply to bail bond agents or cash bonding agents authorized to write bail bonds. This law will also not apply to persons acting in accordance with a contract or in response to a request made by a cash bonding agent who is authorized to write bail bonds or a bail bond agent.

Getting Licensed and Bonded

Since licensing was voluntary until recently, you may not know much about getting bonded. The process is simple and easy. First, obtain your private investigator’s license through the procedures mandated by the state. Then, apply for a license bond. This application can often be completed quickly and easily online.

Once the application process is complete, send the the application and bond to the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Want to know more about Colorado’s Private Investigators Licensure Act? Read the full bill here.

The Private Investigators Licensure Act replaces a voluntary licensing process. What are your thoughts on the changes made by the law?