ORS 703.425¹
Application requirements
  • fee
  • rules
  • investigation of applicant

(1) An application for a private investigator’s license or a provisional investigator’s license must be in writing on a form prescribed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, stating the applicant’s:

(a) Legal name;

(b) Birthdate;

(c) Citizenship;

(d) Physical description;

(e) Current residence;

(f) Residence for the preceding 10 years;

(g) Current employment;

(h) Employment for the preceding 10 years;

(i) Experience qualifications;

(j) Education;

(k) Business address, which may be a post office box; and

(L) Any other information required by the department.

(2) The application must be accompanied by:

(a) The application fee as prescribed by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training by rule;

(b) Recent photographs of the applicant as prescribed by the board by rule to be used for an identification card and for the files of the department;

(c) Complete sets of the applicant’s fingerprints as prescribed by the board by rule;

(d) Three professional references, none of which may be from a person who is related to the applicant by blood or marriage;

(e) Proof of a corporate surety bond, an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act) or such other security as the department may prescribe by rule in the sum of at least $5,000, or errors and omissions insurance in the sum of at least $5,000; and

(f) Proof of a passing score on the test of investigator competency adopted by the board and administered by the department.

(3) All applicants must disclose any acts constituting grounds for denial of an investigator’s license and must notify the department if the applicant is charged with a criminal offense. The department shall conduct a special review of any applicant making a disclosure under this subsection.

(4) The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training shall forward a complete set of an applicant’s fingerprints to the Department of State Police and shall request that the Department of State Police conduct criminal records checks as provided in ORS 181.534 (Criminal records check). Notwithstanding ORS 181.534 (Criminal records check) (5) and (6), the Department of State Police shall maintain in its files the fingerprint cards used to conduct the state criminal records check.

(5) Employees of or partners in a firm who are covered by the firm’s errors and omissions insurance meet the requirements of subsection (2)(e) of this section as long as the coverage is at least $5,000 per investigator. [1997 c.870 §6; 1999 c.59 §212; 1999 c.125 §1; 1999 c.312 §1; 1999 c.363 §1; 2001 c.838 §4; 2005 c.21 §11; 2005 c.730 §§43,89; 2007 c.320 §3]

Notes of Decisions

In prison disciplinary hearing, introduc­tion of actual ques­tions asked prisoner during polygraph examina­tion, re­gard­ing his involve­ment in alleged assault, constituted sufficient founda­tion for admission of record of polygraph test and conclusions of general polygraph examiner, notwithstanding that prisoner's verbal answers were not recorded or introduced. Preston v. OSP, 35 Or App 799, 583 P2d 9 (1978)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 703—Truth Verification and Deception Detection; Investigators, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­703.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 703, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­703ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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