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Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners - Specialty body piercers - License Information

Definitions

After obtaining a standard body piercing license, licensees may obtain a specialty level one and specialty level two license after completing additional training.

Procedures required for specialty level one piercing are specified in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 331-905-0005(5). Procedures required for specialty level two piercing are specified in OAR 331-905-0010(5). Go to the Laws and Rules page to access OARs listing procedures.

Note: Please bring or send in your standard license (original paper certificate issued by the office) when applying for specialty piercing. You will be issued a new paper license in exchange.

Specialty level one genital piercing includes

  • Male genital piercings including the scrotum, frenum, foreskin, or the perineum behind the scrotum, and the piercing of the penis through the urethra, perineum behind the scrotum (Guiche) and exiting on the underside of the penis (called a "Prince Albert")
  • Female genital piercing including the labia majora, labia minora, piercings of the clitoral hood, and perineum between the vagina and the anus (fourchette).

Specialty level one piercing education/training must include 36 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 36 practical operations.

Specialty level two genital piercing includes

  • Male genital piercings including a vertical piercing through the glans of the penis (called an "apadravya"), horizontal piercing through the glans of the penis (called an "ampallang"), a piercing through the corona or ridge of the glans of the penis (called a "dydoe"), a piercing of the penis entering through the urethra and exiting on the upper side of the penis (called a "reverse Prince Albert")
  • Female genital piercings including the clitoris, a piercing in which jewelry is inserted below the hood behind the clitoris (called a "triangle"), and a piercing of the vagina through the urethra and exiting on the upper side of the vagina (called a "Princess Albertina").

Specialty level two piercing education/training must include 26 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 26 practical operations after obtaining a specialty level one license.

To apply for a specialty level one genital piercing license

An applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application form and pay application fees ($50).
  • Submit two forms of government identification. Legible (clear) photocopies are acceptable if submitted by mail. At least one form of ID must be photographic, and names must match on both forms of ID.
  • Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age, providing a copy of birth certificate or school/military/governmental record with age documented, if not already provided on photographic ID required above.
  • Submit documentation of having completed blood borne pathogens training from an HLO-approved provider.
  • Submit documentation of having completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid training from an HLO-approved provider.
  • Submit proof of having a high school diploma or GED.
  • Hold a current Oregon standard body piercing license that is active with no current or pending disciplinary action.
  • Provide documentation of completing a qualifying pathway (see below).

Pathway One: Graduated from an Oregon-licensed career school for specialty level one genital piercing

Note: Oregon does not currently have any licensed career schools in piercing.

Pathway Two: Qualification through specialty level one genital piercing temporary trainee license

An applicant must:

  • Submit documentation showing proof of having completed the required specialty level one training and verified by an approved supervisor on a form prescribed by the HLO.
  • Pay examination fees ($50), if applicable.
  • Pass an HLO-approved standard body piercing written examination. Completion of the written exam is not required if the applicant has passed the exam within two years of the application date.
  • Upon passage of all required examinations, if applicable, and before issuance of license, pay all license fees and return any previously issued body piercing licenses. A new license will be issued in replacement.

To apply for a specialty level two genital piercing license

An applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application form (link) and pay application fees ($50).
  • Submit two forms of government identification. Legible (clear) photocopies are acceptable if submitted by mail. At least one form of ID must be photographic, and names must match on both forms of ID.
  • Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age, providing a copy of birth certificate or school/military/governmental record with age documented, if not already provided on photographic ID required above.
  • Submit documentation of having completed blood borne pathogens training from an HLO-approved provider.
  • Submit documentation of having completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid training from an HLO-approved provider.
  • Submit proof of having a high school diploma or GED.
  • Hold a current Oregon specialty level one body piercing license that is active with no current or pending disciplinary action.
  • Provide documentation of completing a qualifying pathway (see below).

Pathway One: Graduated from an Oregon-licensed career school for specialty level two genital piercing

Note: Oregon does not currently have any licensed career schools in piercing.

Pathway Two: Qualification through specialty level two genital piercing temporary trainee license

An applicant must:

  • Submit documentation showing proof of having completed the required specialty level two training and verified by an approved supervisor on a form prescribed by the HLO.
  • Pay examination fees ($50), if applicable.
  • Pass an HLO-approved standard body piercing written examination. Completion of the written exam is not required if the applicant has passed the exam within two years of the application date.
  • Upon passage of all required examinations, if applicable, and before issuance of license, pay all license fees and return any previously issued body piercing licenses. A new license will be issued in replacement.

License renewal

  • Body piercing licenses are valid for one year.
  • Licensees receive a renewal form in the mail approximately 45 days prior to the license entering inactive status.
  • Licensees must attest on the renewal form that they have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from an approved provider, current first aid training from an approved provider, and current certification in blood borne pathogens training from an approved provider.
  • Licensees must also attest upon renewal that they have obtained required continuing education. More information
  • Renew your license online.

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