Oregon: Armed Security Officers

Legislation and Details for Oregon


Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) §181A.840 through §181A.865
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 259-060-0005 through 259-060-0600

Alerts / Recent Developments

On 9/1/21 the background fee changed to $46.25.

Authorizing Department

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Mailing Address
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone Number: (503) 378-2100
Email: odpsst@dpsst.state.or.us
Official Website

Licensure and License Fees

As in select other states, Oregon licenses the provider, the business entity operating at the managerial or supervisory level. For individual officers, the process is termed “Certification.” Individuals employed as a Private Security Professional (armed and unarmed) are required to obtain a Certification from the Board prior to commencing employment.
See: ORS 181A.840(1)
See: OAR 259-060-0010

The Armed Security Professional includes the unarmed certificate but entails additional requirements as outlined in the following section.
See: Information on Armed Security Professional Certification
See: Application form

$65 Application fees
$46.25 Criminal History and Background check fee
$111.25 Total fees
See: Fee Schedule

It is possible to upgrade an unarmed certificate to an armed certificate.

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

The laws and rules are silent on state reciprocity.

Age Requirements

Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
See: ORS 181A.855(a)(B)


The legislation does not mention this requirement. However, the application process calls for a social security number and driver’s license number.


Applicants for certification must have earned one of the following:

(A)   A high school diploma;
(B)   A General Education Development (GED) certificate; or
(C)   A two-year or four-year, post-secondary degree issued by an accredited degree-granting college or university recognized by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission under the provision of ORS 348.594(2).
See: OAR 259-060-0020(2)(a)


The state legislation and Department rules do not apply to numerous occupations related to the providing security such as law enforcement officers and security personnel employed by a public entity. For a full list of exemption see ORS 181A.840.

Permit Required

None Required

Requirement to carry an ID card

Private security providers must have in their possession their DPSST issued certification, licensure or temporary work permit (Form PS-20) while performing the functions of a private security provider and must be able to present their license, certificate, or temporary work permit to any DPSST staff member, law enforcement officer or Oregon Liquor Control Commission agent upon demand, or any other person, upon reasonable request.
See: OAR 259-060-0015(2)

Moral Character

OAR 60-PS (259-060-0020)(4)(b) Minimum Standards for Certification or Licensure:
Security professionals must demonstrate the Core Values of:
•   Honesty
•   Moral Good Character
•   Public Trust
•   Fair Treatment of Others
•   Respect for the laws of this state and nation


OAR 60-PS (259-060-0025 ) Application for Certification and Licensure:

Applicant must submit a completed fingerprint packet. A fingerprint packet must include a pre-printed FBI fingerprint card and a Form PS-4 (Affidavit of Person Rolling Fingerprints) completed by the person rolling or scanning the fingerprints. The card and form must be enclosed in a tamper-proof bag and sealed by the person who rolled the fingerprints before the packet is returned to the applicant

See: OAR 60-PS 259-060-0025

Applicants have three options for fingerprints in Oregon:

1.   Traditional ink fingerprinting
2.   LiveScan fingerprinting
3.   Electronic fingerprinting via Fieldprint

See: Fingerprint FAQ

Substance Abuse

OAR 60-PS (259-060-0025) Application for Certification and Licensure:
•   Applicant cannot have committed have a misdemeanor or felony conviction involving the unlawful use, possession, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, narcotic, or dangerous drug in this or any other jurisdiction
•   For a list of relevant drug crimes, click here.

For more information regarding substance abuse, click here.

Mental Health

An app​licant for certification as an armed private security professional or firearms instructor must not:
•   Have been committed to the Mental Health and Development Disability Services or similar order in another jurisdiction.
•   Have been found to be mentally ill and subject to an order under ORS 426.130 (court determination of illness buy Oregon Health Authority) prohibiting the person from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness.
See: OAR 60-PS (259-060-0020(7)(a)(b))

Criminal History Background Check

Criminal background checks are conducted and criminal histories screened by fingerprint services
at the FBI and other record checks of the DPSST. The following documents are required:
•   PS-1 (Application for Licensure or Certification of Private Security Services Provider);
•   A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.
Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.
•   The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results)
completed as prescribed by OAR 259-060-0060; documenting completion of the training required.
•   PS-27 Code of Ethics form, click here.

Certain convictions disqualify you from being certified and you will not be allowed to work as a private security provider, under Oregon law. The below criminal disqualifier list is provided for you to determine whether or not you want to apply. If you apply for certification or licensure and your criminal background check shows that you
have been convicted of any of the below listed crimes or equivalent crimes in other justifications, your application will be disqualified. Please call the DPSST at 503 378-8531 if you have any questions. NOTE: If you have history that you believe should have been “expunged” or removed from your record, but you do not know (proof in hand) that it was expunged or
removed; you should verify your belief prior to applying. A crime is not removed from your record until you go through the formal process to have it removed. Believing a conviction was removed, or forgetting a conviction existed, is not a valid defense and your application for
certification or licensure may be denied. For the list of disqualifying crimes, click here.

Personal References


Training Requirements

Basic training
•   Basic Unarmed course, consists of 14 hours of live classroom instruction which may include use of a subject matter expert,
audio and visual instruction. Instructors must provide individuals with a manual of the basic curriculum.
Applicants must complete a closed-book written examination. All private security courses and examinations are
based upon a curriculum approved by the Board.

•   All required training and testing must be conducted by a certified private security instructor as defined in
OAR 259-060-0010 or by a Department designee.

•   The basic curriculum includes essential security functions, law and regulations, civil and criminal
laws applicable to the industry as well as emerging trends in terrorism and public safety. The basic
curriculum is presently undergoing revision and being rolled out in stages. For more information on the curriculum for unarmed licensure,
click here.

Firearm training
•   Basic firearms course as defined in OAR 259-060-0060 which consists of a minimum 24 hours
of basic armed instruction, a written examination, safe gun handling test and marksmanship qualification.

Refresher training

•   The Armed annual refresher course consists of a minimum of four hours including the armed refresher course
and exam and firearms marksmanship requalification.
•   In addition to the annual refresher course, armed private security professionals must complete an unarmed
renewal training biennially.
•   Armed private security professionals who fail to complete the armed annual refresher course must
complete the 24-hours of basic firearms instruction before reissuance of certification.

Effective January 1, 2019, the board updated the requirements for the armed refresher training.
See: Notice from DPSST

Exam Requirement

Applicants must complete a closed-book written examination.
See: OAR 259-060-0060(9)(a)

Applicants must achieve 100 percent on all examinations and assessments.
See: OAR 259-060-0060(10)

Child Support

According to Or. Rev. Stat. § 25.750:
An occupational or professional license may be suspended or revoked for failure to pay child support.

More Information

Applicants must complete a closed-book written examination.
See: OAR 259-060-0060(9)(a)

Applicants must achieve 100 percent on all examinations and assessments.
See: OAR 259-060-0060(10)

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