50-State Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in Colorado

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Private investigation licenses are typically issued for individuals and organizations conducting investigative services. This guide contains information about private investigator licensing in Colorado. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Company Licenses

Colorado Security Company Licenses

Colorado Private Investigation Agency License

Not required



Private Investigation Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Colorado does not currently license private investigator firms, but individual licenses are required.

More information: Colorado Office of Private Investigator Licensure

Local Security Company Licenses

City of Dacono Class C Building Contractor License

Agency:City of Dacono - City Clerk - Licenses (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in amounts not less than $50,000 for injury and death to 1 person, $100,000 for injury and death of more than 1 person in any single accident, and $25,000 property damage insurance
  • The City of Dacono must be listed as the certificate holder
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • $50
  • Licenses issued after July 1 will be prorated to 50% of the license fee
Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Any other licenses or certifications required by other government agencies

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Licenses expire annually on December 31 and must be renewed by January 31

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Any licenses or certifications required by other government agencies

City of Firestone Class C Contractor License

Agency:City of Firestone Planning and Development Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • Public Liability Insurance in amounts not less than $250,000 for injury and death to 1 person and not less than $500,000 for injury and death to more than 1 person
  • Property Damage Insurance in amounts not less than $125,000 per accident
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Colorado
  • The City of Firestone must be listed as a certificate holder and additional insured party
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Colorado

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Colorado

Individual Licenses

Colorado Individual Security Licenses

Colorado Private Investigator License

Agency:Colorado Office of Private Investigator Licensure
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$330

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$63

Due:

Annually by May 31.

Learn about security licensing in other states:

Firearm Qualification - An additional qualification attached to license applications for armed private investigators.

Private Investigator Apprentice - Apprentices are issued limited licenses and can only operate under the direction of a licensed investigator.

Qualified Representative - A licensed private investigator who is responsible for the operation and management of an investigative agency.

Reciprocity - When a private investigator is allowed to do business in a different state under the license issued by their home state.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)
Industry association that sponsors education and certification efforts for members.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS)
Private investigation and security advocacy group.

United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI)
Industry association focused on education and certification.