DPSST's Private Security and Private Investigator Program provides training and licensing services to its constituents in an industry-initiated effort to enhance professionalism among member-businesses and employees who provide services in the state of Oregon. The program works together with its policy committee members and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to establish professional standards and provide training to assist constituents in meeting these standards and provide training to assist constituents in meeting these standards as well as to enforce licensure and certification requirements for private security professionals and private investigators.
***Note: DPSST certification/licensure records that have passed the required retention period as designated by the Secretary of State’s Archive Schedule have been purged and will no longer be viewable in IRIS ***
New applications for Private Investigator
I want to be licensed for the first time, what do I need to complete?
What is required for renewal?
Complete a PI-1 (application)
Secure a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit or errors & omissions insurance in the minimum amount of $5000 with your name listed as principal.
Complete one (1) fingerprint card in a tamper proof bag along with the fingerprint affidavit form (PI-4)
Complete three (3) professional letters of reference. References cannot be related to you by blood or marriage.
Submit proof of 1500 hours (via resume) of professional work experience if applying for a private investigators license. No proof of experience required if applying for a provisional investigators license. (Some educational substitution may apply.)
Complete two (2) passport quality photographs. (Photos are to be submitted electronically at email@example.com. *Digital photo must meet certain criteria, see below for explanation. No copies or laser printer copies will be accepted.)
PI-27 (Private Investigator Professional Code of Ethics)
Review the list of criminal disqualifiers in Oregon Administrative Rules Division 61.
Submit a one-time $70.75 application fee and the required $550 licensing fee (VISA/MC, cashier’s check, money order, or business check. No personal checks or cash please.)
Once your completed application packet is processed you will be registered to take the PI Proficiency Exam. Please review our calendar for class availability.
*Criteria for electronically submittal: JPEG format (.jpg), minimum 640x480 resolution, cropped for head shot, solid colored background, photo date must be within the last six months, sent from an email address on file at DPSST (or) if new applicant, sent from email address listed on application or submitted on a CD with paper documents and driver's license quality professional photograph.
**The initial application process and criminal background check typically takes 4-8 weeks.**
- Complete the PI-21 renewal application
- Complete two (2) passport quality photographs. (Photos are to be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. No copies or laser printer copies will be accepted.)
- Complete the PI-27 Code of Ethics
- Complete a Continuing Education Summary Form that meets the CEU requirements. (Please review the updated CE requirements in OAR 61)
- Provide proof of a valid bond or insurance if your policy has lapsed or changed.
- Submit a $550 licensing fee (VISA/MC, cashier’s check, money order, or business check. No personal checks or cash please.)
Renewal applications should be submitted to DPSST a minimum of two weeks and no more than 90 days prior to expiration. It is illegal for you to continue to provide investigative services after the expiration date of your license, even if your renewal is pending. DPSST cannot guarantee that we can process your renewal in two week or less, so don’t procrastinate and get your forms in as early as possible.
If your required renewal forms/fees/passport photographs are received after your expiration date, you will be assessed a $25 late fee.
If you submit for renewal 30 days past your expiration date, Oregon law requires you to comply with all the requirements of a new applicant, including taking the exam and completing the complete background investigation again. If you are in this situation, feel free to contact our office and we can instruct you on how to proceed.
How long does the renewal process take?
After you submit the required forms/fees and photographs, the renewal process typically take 4-6 weeks.