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In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be changing the way it provides services at its Salem campus effective immediately. Offices will remain open and staff can be reached by email or phone during regular business hours, but in-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only.

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DPSST's Private Security and Private Investigators Program provides training and licensing services to its constituents in an industry-initiated effort to enhance professionalism among member-businesses and employees who provide services in the state of Oregon. The program works together with its policy committee members and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to establish professional standards, provide training to assist constituents in meeting these standards and enforce licensure and certification requirements for private security professionals and private investigators.
Important Program Information Related to COVID-19

  • Some staff will be teleworking to the fullest extent possible.  Please e-mail us at dpsst.investigator@state.or.us.  Those teleworking will receive voicemails; however, may have difficulty responding over the phone.  We appreciate your patience during this state of emergency.
  • Attention Private Investigators! - In an effort to increase social distancing and reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, The Private Investigator Program has cancelled the private investigator exam scheduled for April 15, 2020.  Additional information will be e-mailed to individuals currently registered to attend the exam on April 15, 2020 once an update is available.
 Check​ing on your application status?  Today is 05/26/2020 - We are currently processing applications and forms received on 05/26/2020
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Private investigator records are available online, by clicking the I.R.I.S. button.
You can search by last name or DPSST issued Private Investigator Identification Number (PIID).
Records include provider’s training, employment, certification and deficiencies.
I.R.I.S. offers the option to print a profile report.  We encourage the use of I.R.I.S. for individuals looking for public record information.
If I.R.I.S. does not provide the information you need, please visit the Records Request page.
We are also available by phone Monday – Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM at 503-378-8531.
 ***Note: DPSST certification/licensure records that have passed the required retention period as designed by the Secretary of State's Archive Schedule have been purged and will no longer be viewable in IRIS*** 
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Frequently Asked Questions

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GovDelivery is an e-mail subscription services that allows our department to send information that is relevant to the Private Investigator Profession.  We generally send announcements about training classes available through other agencies; ORS and OAR updates; and weekly updates about our department.