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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). 

The Private Security Certification and Licensure Program fee increases were not reviewed during the 2022 Legislative Session. This means the fee increases are automatically rescinded. (DPSST adopted the fee increases in a permanent rule change effective January 1, 2022, but delayed collection of the fee increases until after the 2022 Legislative Session.) This temporary rule changes the fees provided in OAR 259-060-0500 back to the fees in effect before the permanent rule change that was effective January 1, 2022. In the next few weeks DPSST will submit a new proposed rule change for the Private Security Certification and Licensure Program fee increases.

Amending: OAR 259-060-0500

​Effective: March 10, 2022 through September 5, 2022​

​In 2021, DPSST completed the rulemaking processes to increase the fees for late renewal applications and duplicate or replacement licenses effective January 1, 2022. DPSST postponed these fee increases until the end of the 2022 Legislative Session so that the fee increases could be ratified by the Legislature. The DPSST Private Investigator Licensure Program fee increases were not reviewed during the 2022 Legislative Session. This means the fee increases are automatically rescinded. This temporary rule changes the fees for late renewal applications and duplicate or replacement licenses provided in OAR 259-061-0010 back to the fees in effect before the permanent rule change that was effective January 1, 2022. In the next few weeks DPSST will submit a new proposed rule change for the late renewal application and duplicate or replacement license fee increases.

​Amending: OAR 259-061-0010

​Effective: March 10, 2022 through September 5, 2022​


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.

​Senate Bill 116 makes it unlawful for a private security provider or an entity that employs private security providers to possess or use in the scope of employment equipment, vehicles, uniforms or titles that imply that the provider or entity is affiliated with a public or private safety agency as defined in ORS 181A.355. The law was intended to address situations where the appearance of private security uniforms and vehicles make it difficult to differentiate between members of law enforcement and providers of private security services. OAR 259-060-0012 is adopted to communicate legislative intent and DPSST interpretation and application of the law.

​Adopting OAR 259-060-0012 and Amending 259-060-0450

​Effective: June 1, 2022​

​This rule change corrects the rule to include other grounds for denial or revocation of certification such as discharge for cause and falsification, not just the criminal history.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0059

​Effective: May 1, 2022

​First, these changes update all CPR certification references to specify adult and child CPR as the requirement. The CPR changes apply to law enforcement officers and dispatchers. Second, these changes add a minimum of two hours of airway and circulatory anatomy and physiology training to the law enforcement officer maintenance requirements.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0060, 259-008-0064, 259-008-0065 & 259-008-0078

​Effective: February 1, 2022​

​OAR 259-008-0085 maintains the minimum standards for Board-approved mandated courses. These changes align the rule with recent legislative changes (HB 2513, HB 2986, and HB 3041) and the Board's approval of the basic police course curriculum changes adding airway and circulatory anatomy and physiology training per House Bill 2513.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Effective: February 1, 2022​

​These changes amend the definitions and certification requirements for DPSST-issued certifications based on the adoption of the 2021 Edition of the NFPA 1006 Standard titled “Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications.”

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0005, 259-009-0062 & 259-009-0065

​Effective: February 1, 2022​

​OAR 259-009-0120 defines the grounds for denial or revocation of fire service professional certifications. This rule includes the definition of discharge for cause that is linked to fire service professional certifications. This rule change provides two amendments to clarify the current definition of discharge for cause.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0120

​Effective: November 1, 2021

​The purpose of the rule is to designate which accrediting bodies a law enforcement agency in this state may use to obtain the accreditation required by House Bill 2162 from the 2021 Legislative Session. The rule designates the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) as accrediting bodies.

​Adopting: OAR 259-008-0500

​Effective: November 1, 2021

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.