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Collection Agency Regulation: Licensing

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The CFDCPA applies to the following collection agencies or debt collectors:

  • Located within this state;
  • Outside this state and collects or attempts to collect from consumers who reside within this state for a creditor with a place of business located within this state;
  • Outside this state and regularly collects or attempts to collect from consumers who reside within this state for a creditor with a place of business located outside this state; or 
  • Outside this state and solicits or attempts to solicit debts for collection from a creditor with a place of business located within this state;
  • Debt/judgment buyers who are now the owners of debts that were in default at the time they acquired ownership of those debts;
  • Creditors that collect their own debts using another name which would indicate that a third person is collecting or attempting to collect such debts.

Attorneys engaged in debt collections do not need a collection agency license but must comply with the substantive provisions of the CFDCPA and are subject to the Administrator's enforcement authority.

Collection agencies that collect only commercial, business, investment, and agricultural purpose debts are not subject to the CFDCPA and do not need a collection agency license.

Creditors, defined in section 12-14-103(5), C.R.S., who collect their own debts in their own name are not subject to the law and do not need to be licensed.


Collection Agency License Application

 

General Forms

CAR

Licensed Collection Agencies & Disciplinary History


Laws & Rules


Current Fees

Initial Investigation Fee  $500
New License Fee$1000

Contact Us

Colorado Department of Law
Consumer Protection Section, CAR
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 6th Floor
Denver, CO  80203

car@coag.gov

Consumer Complaints: (720) 508-6022
Licensing: (720) 508-6020
Fax: (720) 508-6033