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Reciprocity Requirements
Transferring Your Out-of-State Certification to Oregon

Reciprocity allows practitioners to transfer their active certificate or license from another state to the State of Oregon.
Follow these three steps to obtain, by reciprocity, an Oregon practitioner certificate in hair design, barbering, esthetics or nail technology: 


Step 1: Verification of Licensure from Your Home State
The verification of licensure is a communication between regulatory authorities (board or agency) that verifies your license is current and in good standing in your home state. The out-of-state regulatory authority must deliver the affidavit of licensure to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) in a sealed envelope or via pre-approved electronic transmission. 
Note:  The affidavit of licensure must be sent directly to OHLA from the out-of-state regulatory authority.  OHLA will not accept an affidavit of licensure from individual applicants.
You can verify your license in one of two ways: Contact the regulatory authority of the state in which you are currently licensed and have it send your license verification to us at OHLA, 700 Summer St NE, Suite 320, Salem OR 97301. 
Some states give us the ability to verify your license for you. To do this, fill out an Affidavit of Licensure Form (click here to download form). Follow the instructions on the form and send it to us. 
Step 2: Preparation
Once OHLA receives your verification, we will determine which Oregon certifications your out-of-state license will qualify you to obtain.
Note: Oregon has no umbrella cosmetology certification.  For an explanation of our fields of practice, click here.  
If your verification includes an address, OHLA will mail you the agency’s findings along with additional information. You may also call OHLA at (503) 378-8667 to verify whether your verification has been received.
If the affidavit discloses any unresolved disciplinary actions and/or outstanding civil fines, the applicant must resolve these issues before obtaining certification in Oregon. 
Step 3: Testing
To obtain Oregon licensure, all reciprocity applicants must pass the Oregon Laws and Rules examination as well as pass the examination for each field of practice in which they wish to obtain certification. 
The fees required for licensure include:
  • Application for each field of practice
  • Oregon Laws and Rules examination
  • Each field of practice examination
After you pass the examinations, you will then pay a certification fee for each field of practice.
For current fees click here.
Testing in Oregon is on a walk-in basis. Applicants should arrive at the OHLA office with enough time in the day to take all the examinations required, which would typically be before 2 pm. Applicants arriving after 2 pm will not be able to take all of the examinations required for licensure and will be turned away.
To study for the Oregon Laws and Rules examination, review the Practitioner Application Packet. (Click here to download the packet on the Forms page.) This packet includes the Oregon Laws and Rules. For individual field of practice examinations, questions and answers are taken from the Milady and Pivot Point text books. 
Please bring two forms of acceptable original identification issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States. One form of identification must be photographic. For specific ID requirements click here.
After passing the required examinations and paying all fees, you will receive your Oregon license the same day.