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How to Apply for a Private Investigator/Provisional Investigator License
I want to be licensed for the first time, what do I need to complete?
  • 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 and DPSST as the Certificate Holder on Errors and Omissions.
  • 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 investigative 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 piappsubmittal@state.or.us. *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 $79 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.**