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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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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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