2024 Oregon & Washington Licensing Changes for Private Security


At Northwest Enforcement, our mission is to supply superior service for an ever-changing environment. As part of our commitment, we ensure you stay informed about key developments in the private security sector.

In 2024, private security entities in the Pacific Northwest are experiencing a significant update to current licensing requirements. The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Private Security Entity Licensing Program adopted their changes, effective January 1, 2024. The updated mandate requires all security companies to obtain licensing from the DPSST, ensuring qualifications and raising overall security standards.

Why Choosing a Licensed Security Provider Matters More Than Ever

Navigating the evolving security landscape and DPSST regulations can be confusing. Choosing a licensed and reputable security provider ensures you have a trusted partner, able to handle your security needs and maintain compliance.

What does the DPSST licensing program mean for you?

The DPSST licensing program ensures accountability and professionalism.

To obtain a Private Security Entity license, companies must:

  • Adhere to established ethical and professional guidelines.
  • Maintain proper insurance coverage to protect your interests.
  • Maintain a bond, letter of credit, or deposit as proof of an ability to pay wages.
  • Operate under the oversight of a neutral and independent government agency.
  • Meet rigorous training and qualification standards for their security personnel.

At NEI, we are led by our core values. We are committed to running our company with transparency, honesty, and integrity in every interaction. Our belief is that training is essential to create an environment of highly competent and effective team members. We offer in-house DPSST training to our team, exceeding the state-mandated minimums with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

Why choose a licensed and reputable security provider like Northwest Enforcement?

By partnering with a licensed and reputable security company, you’ll gain:

  • Peace of mind: Knowing your security team is compliant with state regulations and DPSST requirements
  • Qualified personnel: You benefit from the expertise and training of licensed and vetted security professionals.
  • Comprehensive services: We offer a tailored approach to meet your specific security needs, from access control and alarm response to community, guard, and patrol services.
  • Commitment to excellence: We dedicate ourselves to being valuable because we know nothing less to do. We believe in superior service, transparent reporting and communication, and a results-oriented approach.
  • Accountability: In the unlikely event of any issues or concerns, you can rest assured knowing that established channels for resolution are available.

If you would like further information about the licensing process or our security services, contact us today!