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DPSST Statutes (ORS) and Rules (OAR)


DPSST Statutes (ORS) and Rules (OAR)

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board), adopt administrative rules that set the minimum standards for training and the certification or licensure of criminal justice public safety professionals, fire service professionals, private security providers, private investigators, and polygraph examiners. These rules help DPPST carry out statutory requirements and act in accordance with the Agency's mission, to promote excellence in public safety.

For all of the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) adopted by DPSST and the Board please visit the Oregon Secretary of State.

For all of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) that govern the Board's certification and licensure programs please visit the Oregon State LegislatureORS Chapter 181A includes criminal justice public safety professionals, fire service professionals, and private security providers. ORS Chapter 703 includes polygraph examiners and private investigators.

Proposed Rule Changes

DPSST filed Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for the following administrative rules. Proposed rulemaking includes rule changes that are under consideration, but not yet adopted. All agency rulemaking notices are published by the Secretary of State in the Oregon Bulletin

DPSST welcomes comments on proposed rules. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail or mail to the following:
Mail: DPSST Rules Coordinator, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text).


Temporary Rules

DPSST filed Temporary Administrative Orders for the following temporary administrative rules. The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Temporary Administrative Order showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text). 

This new rule establishes procedures for the Department to follow when making purchases through federal programs.

Rules Adopted: ​OAR 259-007-0150​

​This temporary rule is effective August 20, 2020, through February 15, 2021.


Recent Permanent Rule Changes

DPSST filed Permanent Administrative Orders for the following administrative rules. The Rulemaking Document provided with each rule change below provides a copy of the Permanent Administrative Order showing the rule text revisions (additions shown with underlined text and deletions shown with strikethrough text). Each permanent rule change is available through the Secretary of State beginning on the effective date of the rule change.

​These rule changes amended the public safety professional denial and revocation standards and processes. New rules were adopted to reorganize these amended standards and processes.

​Amending: 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011 & 259-008-0070. Adopting: 259-008-0310, 259-008-0320, 259-008-0330, 259-008-0340 & 259-008-0400.

​Effective: May 1, 2020​

Any parole and probation officer who becomes an armed parole and probation officer on or after July 1, 2020, must complete firearms training. These rule changes include a definition for an armed parole and probation officer and define the Board approved Armed Parole and Probation Course.​

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0020, 259-008-0025 & 259-008-0085.

​Effective: May 15, 2020

​This rule change addresses Board standards for criminal justice public safety professional certification and maintenance requirements affected by issues related to COVID-19. This rule will replace the temporary rules for OAR 259-008-0064 and 259-008-0065, which expire September 27, 2020. This new rule will continue to allow the Department to exercise discretion regarding enforcement of certification maintenance requirements.

​Adopting: OAR 259-008-0001

​Effective: September 15, 2020​​

​This rule change amended the appeal process for a student dismissal and amended the process for initiation of a professional standards discretionary moral fitness review of the misconduct that lead to the dismissal.

​Amending: OAR 259-012-0035

​Effective: September 15, 2020​​​

​This rule change establishes use of a person's legal name as the name of record for all Department purposes. All certifications or licenses issued by the Department will display the legal name. Requires notice to the Department when a person's name is legally changed.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0020, 259-009-0010, 259-020-0120, 259-020-0130, 259-060-0020 & 259-061-0040

​Effective: October 1, 2020​

This rule change extends the special COVID provisions for temporary work permits that were initially provided through a temporary rule. Under this rule change, licensed executive or supervisory managers may continue to issue COVID PS-20 temporary work permit forms until December 31, 2020, so private security professionals may work while completing training and/or fingerprinting that has been delayed by COVID-19 related issues.

Important Notes: 
The COVID PS-20 option is only available through December 31, 2020. 
The COVID PS-20 cannot be issued on or after January 1, 2021. 
The applicant must complete the training and fingerprint requirements prior to the expiration of the COVID PS -20.
Applicants will not be approved for a second COVID PS-20.

​Amending: OAR 259-060-0030

​Effective: September 15, 2020​​​

Rule Change #1 - COVID Time Extensions for Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors - This rule change extends the special COVID provisions for time extensions that were initially established as a temporary rule. Under this rule, DPSST may approve a time extension up to, but not exceeding, 90 days for the annual firearms requirements. The opportunity to request a time extension would apply to training and qualifications that are required by December 31, 2020. DPSST will stop approving time extensions after December 31, 2020. 

Rule Change #2 – Private Security Instructor Minimum Qualifications – This rule change corrects an error relating to the three years of experience that are required in order to be eligible to apply for initial certification as a private security instructor. During a 2019 rule change, the reference to law enforcement experience was inadvertently changed to police officer experience, which unintentionally restricted applicant eligibility for instructor certification. This rule change corrects the error.

​Amending: OAR 259-060-0120 & 259-060-0135

​Effective: September 15, 2020

​These rule changes create a separate review committee to complete a more timely case review process when a public safety professional has a past criminal disposition that requires a discretionary moral fitness review. These rule changes also define the discretionary grounds for denial that are specific to applicants who have never been employed in public safety before.

Adopting: OAR 259-006-0010 & 259-008-0290. Amending: OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0310, 259-008-0320 & 259-008-0340.​

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

​This rule change updates DPSST's process for accepting payment of fees that include overpayment to allow for more efficient processing of applications for certifications and licenses.

​Amending: OAR 259-060-0500

​Effective: October 29, 2020​

​This rule change adds the event and entertainment private security professional certification category to the types of private security professionals a manager may issue a temporary work permit to.

​Amending: OAR 259-060-0130

​Effective: October 29, 2020​

​This rule change updates DPSST's process for accepting payment of fees that include overpayment to allow for more efficient processing of applications for licenses.

​Amending: OAR 259-061-0010

​Effective: October 29, 2020​

​This rule change updates DPSST's process for accepting payment of fees that include overpayment to allow for more efficient processing of applications for licenses.

​Amending: OAR 259-020-0220

​Effective: October 29, 2020​

​This rule adopts procedures for the Department to follow when making purchases through federal programs in accordance with the Public Contracting Code.

​Adopting: OAR 259-007-0150

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

​This rule change updates and clarifies the process to obtain a time extension and the process for re-certification after a lapse. This rule change provides a permanent replacement for the temporary rule that expired on September 27, 2020.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0065

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

​This rule change adds the ability to extend an accreditation agreement for good cause. This rule change provides a permanent replacement for the temporary rule that expired on September 27, 2020.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0085

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

​These rule changes update to the standards and processes that govern denial and revocation for fire service professional certifications issued by DPSST. 

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0059, 259-009-0120, 259-009-0125 & 259-009-0130. Adopting: OAR 259-009-0115.

​Effective: November 1, 2020​

DPSST Rules Coordinator

Jennifer Howald
503-378-2432
DPSST, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, OR 97317

How to Request Notice of DPSST Rule Changes

There are two ways to request notice of DPSST's rule changes. Both options allow you to request notices for all rule changes or to request notices just for the certification or licensure program you are interested in.
1. Signup for GovDelivery e-mail notifications. 
2. Write or e-mail the DPSST Rules Coordinator to submit your request.

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