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  • 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 Friday, July 3 for Independence Day and Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor 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.

  • Proposed administrative rule change

    ​At the April 7, 2015, meeting of the Environmental Health Registration Board, the Board voted to approve a rulemaking schedule and a proposed rule regarding Waste Water Specialist application requirements. Click here to read the proposed rule.

    Here is the rest of the administrative rule schedule:

    May 1, 2015: Notice of proposed rules in Oregon Bulletin
    June 1, 2015: Public rule hearing (2 p.m.)
    June 1, 2015: Last day for public comment (4 p.m.)
    June 26, 2015: Board meeting review public comment, hearing office report and adopt permanent rules (9:30 a.m.)
    July 1, 2015: Effective date of permanent rule
    Please send all public comment or questions to Anne Thompson, Policy Analyst. Mail to 700 Summer St NE, Suite 320, Salem, OR 97301-1287; email: anne.p.thompson@state.or.us or call (503) 373-1917.
    All meetings are held at the Health Licensing Office, Rhoades Conference Room, 700 Summer St, Suite 320, Salem, OR 97301, unless otherwise specified.  Members of the public are invited to attend all board and committee meetings. However, audience members will not be allowed to participate.
    (Photo of Golden Pioneer courtesy of Oregon.Gov)
  • Proposed rule would reduce late fees
    The Health Licensing Office (Office) filed proposed administrative rules for the Environmental Health Registration Board with the Secretary of State Office for publication in the June 1, 2015, Oregon Bulletin.
    The rules, which you can read here, update the Health Licensing name (it is an Office now, not an agency) and reduce the late fee for a delinquent renewal of registration from a sliding scale to a fixed rate per year up to three years. A public administrative rule hearing has been scheduled for Monday, June 29, 2015, in the Health Licensing Office Rhoades Conference Room, 700 Summer St. NE Suite 320, Salem, OR, 97301. Permanent administrative rules are scheduled to become effective July 1, 2015.
    The Office welcomes all comments, and is specifically requesting feedback regarding the fiscal impact of these rules on small businesses.
    Please submit all comments to Anne Thompson at anne.p.thompson@state.or.us or at 700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320, Salem, OR 97301.
  • Expedited licensing available for military

    Permanent administrative rules became effective on September 17, 2014, allowing for an expedited process for individuals who have military training or experience for an authorization to practice a profession listed under ORS 676.583 or ORS 676.800.

    Permanent administrative rules became effective on September 17 allowing for an expedited process to obtain an authorization to practice for military spouses or domestic partners as required by 2013 House Bill 2027.

    Application for Authorization to Practice/Military Training or Experience Equivalency  PDF
    Application for Authorization to Practice/Military Spouse or Domestic Partner  PDF
  • Environmental Health Wide-Ranging, Multi-faceted Field

    Hurricane Katrina. Ground Zero. West Nile Virus. These are high-profile examples of disasters or other threats in which environmental health professionals play a role in protecting public and environmental health.

    In this wide-ranging and multi-faceted field, environmental health specialists also regularly inspect restaurants, public pools and waste water systems to prevent outbreaks of infectious disease and other public health or environmental problems.

    The Health Licensing Office (HLO) oversees regulation of environmental health specialists and other health and related professions.

    Environmental Health: Consumer Information

  • Testing gets a little more convenient

    ​Trainees can now take required examinations without driving to Salem and the tests cost less! The Health Licensing Office (HLO), in cooperation with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), has partnered with Pearson Vue, a national licensing test provider, to offer the NEHA exam at any of the Pearson Vue test centers around the state.

    You can also now take the Oregon laws and rules examination from the comfort of your home. Trainee applicants used to have to drive to Salem and pay $50 for this test. Now applicants can go online and take the examination for free through iLearn, and print out a certificate showing a passing score.

    NEHA examination information

    Oregon Laws and Rules examination

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Online License Renewal

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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. 

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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 (HLO).


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


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Flu Facts: Get Informed, 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.