PPIAC Chairman's Message on PI Licensing
Members and Colleagues,
I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to 2014. Its going to be a busy and exciting year at PPIAC.
Today, Senate bill 14-133 was introduced. I'd like to take a moment and make sure everybody understands the intent of the bill. You can read the entire bill by following this link: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/A77F6AC902F65D5987257C3000063671?Open&file=133_01.pdf
First and foremost, the bill is an effort to bring every private investigator operating in Colorado under the oversight of the Department Of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). There will be no "voluntary" component. If you offer private investigative services (as defined in the bill), you will be required to do the following:
1. Pass a background check to ensure that your personal history is consistent with being entrusted with (often times) very sensitive, personal information - not only that of your client but that of the subject of your investigation. When I applied for my voluntary license, that cost me about $35 and I don't see that changing.
2. Pass a "jurisprudence examination". This exam will be a short test to make sure you understand the laws governing your profession in Colorado, from "How long does a license last?" to "Can I use tracking devices (GPS) on vehicles?". The exam will be basic and broad in nature, and will require just a small amount of preparation on your part. I'm sure PPIAC will be holding training sessions to help our members (and even non-members) prepare for the test.
DORA will require that you maintain a small bond.
This license law is specifically designed to make sure that anybody with a clean background that wants to enter or stay in the profession has the ability to do so. There is no barrier to get a license, such as requiring a certain amount of hours or education.
PPIAC Board Chairman