How To Get a Private Investigator License in Oregon


Oregon Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) handles private investigator licensing in Oregon.

Licensing Authority Contact Information

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, Oregon 97317
Phone: 503-378-8531
Fax: 503-378-4600

See also the Oregon State law on private investigators. Visit the website for the specific information, applications, and forms required to obtain your private investigator license in Oregon.

General Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

The following is general licensing information. Please visit the website for specific licensing information, application forms, insurance, fees, and special licensing requirements.

  • Complete a PI-1 application.
  • Secure a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit, or errors and omissions insurance in the minimum amount of $5000 with your name listed as principal
  • Complete one fingerprint card in a tamper-proof bag and the fingerprint affidavit form.
  • Complete three professional letters of reference. References cannot be related to you by blood or marriage.
  • Submit proof of 1500 hours (via your resume) of professional work experience if applying for a private investigator’s license. No proof of experience is required if applying for a provisional investigator’s license. (Some educational substitution may apply)
  • Complete two passport-quality photographs. (Photos should be submitted electronically at *The digital photo must meet specific criteria; see below for an explanation. No copies or laser printer copies will be accepted)
  • PI-27 (Private Investigator Professional Code of Ethics)
  • Review the list of criminal disqualifiers in Oregon Administrative Rules Division 61
  • Submit a one-time $70.75 application fee and the required $550 licensing fee (VISA/MC, cashier’s check, money order, or business check. No personal checks or cash). Please check the website listed above for the most current fee amounts.
  • Once your completed application packet is processed, you will be registered for the PI Proficiency Exam. Visit the website listed above for a calendar of class availability.

Note: If you need a temporary license in Oregon, you must obtain a private investigator bond or an irrevocable letter of credit.

Other special licensing requirements such as education, experience, examinations, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more information.

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Oregon Private Investigator Associations

Oregon State Private Investigator Association – Oregon’s premier investigation organization. OALI is not only the oldest but also the largest with paid membership. The OALI membership consists of investigative professionals and associates, whose mission since 1983 has been to promote excellence among individual investigators, enhance public confidence in the profession, provide training, and represent the industry in public and political forums.

Find a Job as an Investigator

Once you have your license, it is time to start looking for a job. Use this list of Private Investigators in Oregon as a starting point. Contact the investigation agencies in your area and ask about open positions.

Additional Information

Training Resources – Improve your chances of obtaining a license in Wisconsin by completing a degree or certification program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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