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Reciprocity Requirements

Transferring Your Out-of-State Certification to Oregon

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:
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Step 1: Affidavit of Licensure from Your Home State

The Affidavit 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 Health Licensing Office (HLO) in a sealed envelope or via pre-approved electronic transmission.  
Note: The affidavit of licensure must be sent directly to HLO from the out-of-state regulatory authority. HLO 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 HLO, 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​. Follow the instructions on the form and send it to us. 
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Step 2: Preparation

Once HLO receives your Affidavit of Licensure, we will determine which Oregon certifications your out-of-state license will qualify you to obtain. 
Note: Oregon has no umbrella cosmetology certification. 
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If your Affidavit of Licensure includes an address, HLO will mail you the agency’s findings along with additional information. You may also call HLO at (503) 378-8667 to verify whether your affidavit 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.
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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. 
Testing in Oregon is on a walk-in basis. You are allowed 1.5 hours for each examination. You will be required to complete all of your examinations no later than 4:30 p.m. Applicants should calculate the number of examinations that they are taking by the 1.5 hours allowed per exam, and arrive at the OHLA office with enough time in the day to take all the examinations required. Applicants that do not allow enough time to complete their examinations by 4:30 p.m. will be turned away. 
To study for the Oregon Laws and Rules examination, please review the Practitioner Application Information Packet and the Oregon Laws and Rules found 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 textbooks. 
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. 
After passing the required examinations and paying all fees, you will receive your Oregon license the same day.
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