Oregon: Unarmed 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 check fee increased 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

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

Temporary License
If the applicant submits a completed application, a temporary work permit for 120 days can be granted for employees without the license.
For the form and rules relating to the “TWP”- temporary work permit, see: Temporary Work Permit

Foreign Jurisdiction Licensure

The laws and rules are silent on state reciprocity.

Age Requirements

The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
See: ORS 181A.855(1)(a)(A)


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

Moral Fitness. All private security providers must be of good moral fitness as determined by a criminal background check, department investigation or other reliable sources.

(b) For the purposes of this standard, the Department, through the Policy Committee and the Board, has defined core values that are integral to the private security profession. These values are:
•   Honesty
•   Moral Good Character
•   Public Trust
•   Fair Treatment of Others
•   Respect for the laws of this state and nation

See: OAR 259-060-0020(4)


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

The legislation does not mention this requirement.

Mental Health

The board is empowered though not required to make rules regarding “intellectual” fitness of a private security provider.
See: ORS 181A.870 and OAR 259-060-0020(5)(c)

Criminal History Background Check

Certain convictions disqualify you from being certified and you will not be allowed to work as a private security provider, under Oregon law. The attached 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 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.

The fingerprints will be processed for a criminal history check by the Oregon State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
See OAR 259-060-0500(1)(b)

Upon finding that the applicant has been convicted and violates the provisions outlined in OAR 259-060-0300, the Department must deny or revoke the certification of any applicant of private security provider after written notice and hearing.
See: OAR 259-060-0300(3)

Personal References

None required.

Training Requirements

The applicant must have satisfactorily completed training requirements approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.
See: OAR 181A.855(1)(b)

• Basic training – Basic Unarmed course (14 hours) Basic training consists of successful completion of 14 hours of unarmed basic classroom instruction, exam and assessments.
See: OAR 259-060-0120(4)(b)

• Refresher Training – Biennial unarmed renewal training consists of a four-hour unarmed renewal course and exam.
See: OAR 259-060-0120(3)(c)

All training results must be submitted to the Department within 180 days of completing the training.
See: OAR 259-060-0060(8)

The training is administered by certified instructors. See a list of certified instructors.

Once the training is completed, the instructor will issue a Training Affidavit (Form PS-6) as required by the department.

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.

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