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Unarmed Security Professional

What are the minimum standards for Private Security certification?

Private security providers must be:

  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • Must have earned one of the following:
    • A high school ​diploma; a General Education Development (GED) certificate; or a four-year, post-secondary degree issued by an accredited degree-granting college or university.
  • ​Be of good moral fitness as determined by a criminal background check, department investigation or other reliable sources. A lack of good moral fitness includes, but is not limited to, mandatory and discretionary disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-060-0300.
​Here is the link to the Criminal Disqualifiers​.

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I hold a Private Security licence from another State, can I work in Oregon? 

Unfortunately at this time, no other other state meets or exceeds the standards of this state​ with regards to the certification or licensing standards.  All applicants will need to take the unarmed private security training from a licenced Oregon Private Security Instructor before they can perform security services in Oregon.
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How do I find a Private Security Instructor?

Here is the link to the Instructor List
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What is involved in the Private Security Professional class?

The classroom portion consists of a minimum of eight hours and is followed by a closed book written exam.  Then there is a four-hour assessment module, designed to reinforce classroom knowledge and techniques with practical experience through hands-on learning.

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What forms do I need to submit for an Unarmed Private Security certification?

Applicants must complete an application packet containing:

1.  PS-1 (Application for Licensure or Certification of Private Security Services Provider);
2.  A completed fingerprint packet. A fingerprint packet must include a pre-printed FBI fingerprint card and a Form PS-4 (Affidavit of Person Rolling Fingerprints) completed by the person rolling or scanning the fingerprints.  The card and form must be enclosed in a tamper-proof bag and sealed by the person who rolled the fingerprints before the packet is returned to the applicant.  The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards and tamper-proof bags.
3.  The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) completed as prescribed by OAR 259-060-0060; documenting completion of the training required. The PS-6 must be enclosed in a tamper-proof bag by the Instructor, before being handed to the student.
4.  If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20 (Private Security Services Provider Temporary Work Permit).
6.  Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees
Link to forms and fees​
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Where do I get my fingerprints processed?

This link to listed fingerprinting services is for informational purposes only. They are locations we are aware of at this time, there may be others that we are not aware of. We are not responsible for any agency or private services changes or revisions. Please check with them directly.
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How long after I submit my paperwork, will I receive my Private Security professional card?

It depends on a number of things such as the fingerprint scanning results and FBI background check. Generally it takes about 1-2 months.
 
Please don't call DPSST to check on your status, instead check your status using IRIS.

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What forms do I need to submit when renewing my unarmed Private Security certification?

All applicants for certification or licensure must complete an application packet containing:

  1.  ​A completed Form PS-21;
  2. The original Form PS-6 completed, documenting completion of the training required;
  3. If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20 (temporary work permit);and
  4. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees.
Link to forms and fees​​

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How do I add a new certification to my current certification?

An application packet for adding a certification or licensure as a private security provider must be completed in its entirety and must include:

  1. A completed Form PS-1;
  2. The original Form PS-6 completed, documenting completion of the training required;
  3. If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20 (temporary work permits will not be issued to armed private security professionals or private security instructors);and
  4. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees
  5. Individuals currently certified as an unarmed private security provider applying to add armed private security certification must carry a copy of the Form PS-6 and the Form PS-23 (Change of Information) while performing private security services until a new certificate is received.
Link to forms and fees​
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I received a Deficiency Notice - what does it mean?

Click here for information on Deficiency Notices.
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