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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).

​This rule change addresses Board standards for criminal justice public safety professional certification and maintenance requirements affected by issues related to COVID-19. The adoption of this rule will replace the temporary rules that are currently in effect for OAR 259-008-0064 and 259-008-0065. 

Rules Adopted: OAR 259-008-0001​

​Last day to comment: August 21, 2020​

​This rule change addresses temporary work permit requirements affected by COVID related issues. This proposed rule would replace the temporary rule that is currently in effect for OAR 259-060-0030 and extend the opportunity to use the COVID PS-20 temporary work permit through December 31, 2020.

Rules Amended: 259-060-0030​

​Last day to comment: August 21, 2020​

​This rule change addresses the annual firearms qualification and refresher training maintenance requirements for certified armed private security professionals and private security firearms instructors. This proposed rule would replace the temporary rules that are currently in effect for OAR 259-060-0120 and 259-060-0135 and extend the use of time extensions through December 31, 2020.

Rules Amended: OAR 259-060-0120 & 259-060-0135​

​Last day to comment: August 21, 2020​

​This rule change amends the student dismissal appeal process. A student will still have the option to appeal the dismissal through the DPSST Director. The option for the employing agency to appeal the dismissal through the Board is removed. This rule change also amends the process for initiation of a professional standards discretionary moral fitness review of the misconduct. The changes result in completion of the professional standards review regardless of the certification or employment status of the dismissed student. Upon dismissal, DPSST certification compliance staff will prepare a case for policy committee review.

Rules Amended: OAR 259-012-0035​

​Last day to comment: August 21, 2020​

​This rule change adds a requirement for the use of a person’s legal name for certification and licensure purposes. While this has been the requirement per DPSST policy and practices, the requirement is not currently included in the administrative rules.

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

​Last day to comment: August 21, 2020​


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). 

These temporary rule changes allow DPSST to defer the requirement to suspend certifications for the certification maintenance requirements due during the 2020 calendar year.

​Rules Amended: OAR 259-008-0064 & OAR 259-008-0065

These temporary rules are effective April 1, 2020, through September 27, 2020.

​The temporary rule changes for OAR 259-009-0065 allow DPSST to provide time extensions for the fire certification maintenance recertification that is due December 31, 2020. The temporary rule changes for OAR 259-009-0087 allow DPSST to extend fire service agency accreditation agreements that expire this year.

​Rules Amended: OAR 259-009-0065 & OAR 259-009-0087

These temporary rules are effective April 1, 2020, through September 27, 2020.
This temporary rule creates provisions to perform private security services under a temporary work permit with pending training or fingerprint submission.

​Rules Amended: OAR 259-060-0030

This temporary rule is effective April 1, 2020, through September 27, 2020.

​These temporary rules allow DPSST to approve time extensions for the annual firearms qualification and refresher training requirements.

​Rules Amended: OAR 259-060-0120 & 259-060-0135

​These temporary rules are effective April 1, 2020, through September 27, 2020.​

​This temporary rule allows DPSST to approve exceptions to the hour limits placed on continuing education sources (books, media, publications, etc.) by rule.

​Rules Amended: OAR 259-061-0240

​This temporary rule is effective April 1, 2020, through September 27, 2020.​


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

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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