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  • New rule adds two online renewal discounts
    HLO has adopted new administrative rules for the Board of Cosmetology regarding discounts for online renewals, effective July 1, 2015.
    The reduction discounts the Board of Cosmetology facility and independent contractor renewal fees when they renew online from $100 to $90. Since this is a high volume licensure group, it is less costly to administer than in-person renewals, and is more convenient for both the licensee and for HLO staff.

    If you have questions or need additional information, contact policy analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.
  • Upcoming HLO closures for state holidays

    Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

    • Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day
    • Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
    • Thursday, Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day

    Examinations will not be offered, and licenses will not be issued on these days.

    Our regular office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Feel free to call 503-378-8667; calls will be returned the next business day. You can also email hlo.info@state.or.us.

  • HLO Legislative update

    At 6:04 p.m. on July 6, Oregon's 2015 Legislative Session officially adjourned. The Health Licensing Office (HLO) did not put forth any bills itself this session, but there were several sponsored by other parties that affect the boards under HLO's jurisdiction. These include:

    • House Bill 2296, which changes the name of the Board of Body Art Practitioners to the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners.
    • House Bill 2305, which permits people who complete polysomnographic program that combines education and training program to appy for polysomnographic technologist license.
    • House Bill 2642, which establishes the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians within HLO.
    • House Bill 2796, which directs HLO to issue a license to practice music therapy to qualified applicants.
    • Senate Bill 696, which increases membership of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board.
    • Senate Bill 699, which broadens the exemption to provisions regulating cosmetology disciplines for people who prepare a person's hair solely for professional photography or theatrical performance.

    Read more details about the new bills in this memo. You can also sign up to be on our interested parties mailing list using this form.

  • Board of Cosmetology welcomes new members

    In January, Oregon's Board of Cosmetology welcomed two new board members, Amber Starks and Mike Nurre.

    Amber is a licensed natural hair stylist and the owner of Conscious Coils Braiding and Natural Hair Salon in Portland. In 2013, she opened the first all-natural hair salon in Oregon under the Natural Hair Act (House Bill 3409).

    Mike joins the board after serving on the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board from 2006 to 2014. He's worked at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland since 1996 as a repiratory therapist.

    Read more about our two new board members here.

  • Cosmetologist as archaeologist

    Out of Baltimore comes a fun story about a hair stylist there who is challenging centuries-held beliefs about whether the hairstyles of ancient Rome and Greece were wigs or natural hair. Historians have long held that it was the former; she believes it was the latter.

    The Wall Street Journal calls Janet Stephens "a hairdo archaeologist."

    The story continues:

    Her amateur scholarship is sticking a pin in the long-held assumptions among historians about the complicated, gravity-defying styles of ancient times. Basically, she has set out to prove that the ancients probably weren't wearing wigs after all.
    "This is my hairdresserly grudge match with historical representations of hairstyles," says Ms. Stephens, who works at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa in Baltimore, which offers circa 21st-century haircuts.
    (Photo credit: Janet Stephens)
HLO Resources Current Topics

Online License Renewal

Renew computerIt's secure, speedy and saves you a stamp! HLO's online renewal feature is part of our ongoing efforts to provide customer service excellence and a streamlined regulatory environment.

Consumers Find Help at HLO 

Consumer HelpIf you can't resolve a problem or issue with a practitioner of one of the health and related professions HLO regulates, we can help. 

Check a License Holder's Status

Oregon License
Check our online database or to see if a professional is licensed or has been subject to disciplinary action (license suspension, probation or revocation).

Search Statewide Licensing Database

Find information and requirements for all Oregon licenses, certifications, permits and registrations in a single source, including those not overseen by the Health Licensing Office.

Resources for Facility Owners and Pract​itioners 

Hair design
The Health Licensing Office (HLO) offers the following resources to facility owners and practitioners to help you stay in compliance while protecting public health and safety and upholding professional standards. 

Find a Cosmetology School

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has a database of Private Career Schools. Search it here (find "Hair Stylist/Nail Tech/Barbering/Esthetics" in the drop-down menu).


Board Recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire. 
Current vacancies​​ ​​

Testing? Bri​​ng Identification, Correct Change for Parking

Applicants sitting for cosmetology examinations must
provide two forms of identification (one must be photographic). Also, if you are parking your vehicle in the Capitol Mall area, bring enough change for parking meters. Parking meter fees are $1.50 per hour.

​Stay Informed: Get on th​​e HLO Contact List

Stay updated on developments of the Health Licensing Office (HLO) and regulated professions by signing up to receive updates on licensing and regulatory issues, including meeting notices. 


Flu Facts: Get I​nformed, Stay​ Healthy 

Protect yourself, your family and your co-workers by getting vaccinated and staying informed. The fewer of us who get sick from either seasonal influenza or pandemic H1N1 influenza, the more we can reduce the impact in our schools and workplaces. Visit the state's flu website or call the state hotline at 1-800-978-3040.