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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 makes a correction to the October 1, 2023 amendments related to the procurement notice amount. The rule was amended in error. The correct notice amount is $10,000.

Amending: OAR 259-007-0150

Last Day to Comment: February 21, 2024

This is the 2nd proposed rule change filing for the new Private Security Entity Licensing Program that goes into effect January 1, 2024. These proposed rules have been amended after receipt of public comment from the first proposed rule change. The changes are described in the rule summary section for each rule and can be found in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking posted on the DPSST website. Please see the link provided below.

DPSST adopted these rules as temporary rules on December 1, 2023. Private security entities may submit applications for licensure now. The temporary rules are in effect until the proposed rules can be adopted permanently.

UPDATED 12-21-2023 - Proposed Redlined Edits to OAR 259-059-0150 (click here). ​​DPSST plans to amend section (6) of this rule to correct an error in the temporary and proposed rule change filings. These changes are in keeping with the proposed rule change summary which notes that the temporary rules and these proposed rules no longer include language related to in-person training. 

Adopting: OAR 259-059-0010, 259-059-0020, 259-059-0030, 259-059-0040, 259-059-0050, 259-059-0060, 259-059-0070, 259-059-0080, 259-059-0090, 259-059-0095, 259-059-0100, 259-059-0110, 259-059-0120, 259-059-0130, 259-059-0140, 259-059-0150, 259-059-0160, 259-059-0170, 259-059-0180, 259-059-0190, 259-059-0200, 259-059-0300, 259-059-0310, 259-059-0400, 259-059-0410, 259-059-0420, 259-059-0430, and 259-059-0440.

​Last Day to Comment: January 22, 2024

​This proposed rule change will prepare for the Board’s approval and the Department’s implementation of the revised Basic Corrections Local Academy curriculum in 2024.

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

​Last Day to Comment: December 21, 2023​


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). 

​Beginning January 1, 2024, private security entities must obtain a license from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to operate as a private security entity. These temporary rules will implement the licensing requirements found in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 181A.900 to 181A.918 (HB 2527) and establish processes for the DPSST Private Security Entity Licensing Program.

UPDATED 12-21-2023 - Proposed Redlined Edits to OAR 259-059-0150 (click here)​. ​​DPSST plans to amend section (6) of this rule to correct an error in the temporary and proposed rule change filings. These changes are in keeping with the proposed rule change summary which notes that the temporary rules and these proposed rules no longer include language related to in-person training.

Adopting: OAR 259-059-0010, 259-059-0020, 259-059-0030, 259-059-0040, 259-059-0050, 259-059-0060, 259-059-0070, 259-059-0080, 259-059-0090, 259-059-0095, 259-059-0100, 259-059-0110, 259-059-0120, 259-059-0130, 259-059-0140, 259-059-0150, 259-059-0160, 259-059-0170, 259-059-0180, 259-059-0190, 259-059-0200, 259-059-0300, 259-059-0310, 259-059-0400, 259-059-0410, 259-059-0420, 259-059-0430, and 259-059-0440

EFFECTIVE DATES: December 1, 2023 through May 28, 2024


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. The list includes Orders filed within the past 180 days.

These rule changes provide amendments to address minor changes, technical corrections, and housekeeping throughout the rule division. Changes include clarifying language, citation corrections, deletion of expired COVID provisions, updated references to the PSSPA, and reconciliation changes to coordinate with the adoption of OAR Chapter 259 Division 59 for private security entity licensing.

Amending: OAR 259-060-0005, 259-060-0010, 259-060-0015, 259-060-0020, 259-060-0025, 259-060-0030, 259-060-0092, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0135, 259-060-0136, 259-060-0145, 259-060-0300, 259-060-0310, 259-060-0320, 259-060-0350, 259-060-0450. Repealing: OAR 259-060-0200.

Effective: February 1, 2024

These rule changes allow the Department to accept copies of the DPSST Form PS-6 and electronic submission of the form.

Amending: OAR 259-060-0025, 259-060-0060, and 259-060-0136

Effective: October 26, 2023

These rule changes update continuing education requirements and processes for private investigators and provisional investigators. The changes allow continuing education to be completed in person, remotely, or through self-study. The rule changes simplify the list of continuing education sources and remove hour limitations for sources.

Amending: OAR 259-061-0005 and 259-061-0240

Effective: October 26, 2023

This rule change removed the requirement to have a minimum cumulative quiz score of 75% from the requirements of the Basic Police Course. Students will still be required to meet the minimum of 75% on the midterm and the final.

Amending: OAR 259-008-0085

Effective: October 26, 2023

These procedural rules codify when DPSST will use the Public Contracting Code and when DPSST will use the Attorney General Model Rules for a procurement, as well as any exceptions to those laws and rules.

ADOPTING: OAR 259-007-0010, 259-007-0020, 259-007-0030, 259-007-0040, 259-007-0050, 259-007-0060, 259-007-0070, 259-007-0080, 259-007-0090, 259-007-0100, 259-007-0110, & 259-007-0120
AMENDING: OAR 259-007-0150​

Effective: October 1, 2023

These rule changes are effective July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0015 applies to background investigations initiated on or after July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0010 (11) applies to law enforcement officers and reserve officers hired on or after July 1, 2023. OAR 259-008-0011 applies to telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers hired on or after January 1, 2024. Law enforcement units and public and private safety agencies may implement these standards prior to the effective date.

Please visit the DPSST Criminal Justice Background Resources webpage for additional resources.   

Background Checklist Form

Applicant Personal History Questionnaire Form

Note: The rules and the question list have been revised since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the public comment period. Please do not use any previous copies of the proposed rule changes or the question list to update your agency policies, procedures, or forms. 

​Amending: OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0015, and 259-008-0080

​Effective: July 1, 2023​

​OAR 259-009-0120 defines the grounds for denial or revocation of fire service professional certifications. This rule change amended the language in section (3)(c) that is used to define misdemeanor convictions that require discretionary review by the Fire Policy Committee and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.

​Amending: OAR 259-009-0120

​Effective: May 1, 2023​

DPSST Rules Coordinator

Jennifer Howald
503-551-3258
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.