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How to Get Licensed

Body Piercing

Body piercers perform piercing services, including earlobe piercing, in licensed facilities. Body piercers must adhere to stringent universal precautions for sterilization of needles and equipment, biohazard waste disposal and infection control practices formulated to state and national standards. 
Standard body piercing includes all body piercings with the exception of specialty level one piercings and specialty level two piercings.  Standard body piercing services do not include testes, deep shaft (corpus cavernosa), uvula, eyelids, or sub-clavicle piercings.
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Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercers are limited to providing services on the soft lower part of the external ear only, not to include cartilage. Earlobe piercers are limited to only using a earlobe piercing system that includes pre-sterilized encapsulated stud and clasp system. Earlobe piercers must perform services in a licensed body art facility. Earlobe piercers have specific safety and infection control regulations that must be followed.
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Dermal Implanting

Dermal implanting is defined as "...the insertion of an object under the skin of a live human being for ornamentation or decoration." 
Dermal implanting is currently prohibited in the State of Oregon.  
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Electrologists, through a series of treatments, permanently remove hair from the skin by inserting a sterile needle-conductor into the hair follicle and directing electrical energy toward the hair cell. Electrologists work in private practice, in cosmetology facilities, and in collaboration with dermatologists.

Complete licensing requirements for electrology 
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Scarification is defined as "...injury of the skin to produce a scar on a live human being for permanent ornamentation or decoration." 
Scarification is currently prohibited in the State of Oregon.  
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Tattoo artists mark or color the skin by inserting nontoxic dyes or pigments into or under the dermal portion of the skin using single-use or sterile needles to form indelible marks for figurative, decorative, cosmetic or medical purposes.

Complete licensing requirements for tattoo arts 
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Body Art Facilities

Those providing services to the public in body piercing, electrology, tattooing and other body art fields of practice (scarification and dermal implanting are currently prohibited) must also obtain a body art facility license in addition to individual practitioner licenses. 
Those issued a body art facility license may provide services to the public in body piercing, electrology and tattooing (and scarification and dermal implanting when the current prohibition is lifted).
Note:  Body art facility owners must hire/use only licensed body art practitioners in licensed body art facilities.

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Other Facility Types, Forms

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) also issues event, mobile and temporary facility licenses.
Facility applications on the Forms page 

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Find a school

Electrology and Body Art schools are licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission's Private Career Schools Unit. To find a list of licensed schools, go to HECC's database and search for Body Piercing OR Permanent Color Technician/Tattoo Artist/Electrologist under "Type of program you are interested in." This will generate a list of schools.
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