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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 on the following days:

    • Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents' Day
    • Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day
    • Monday, July 4 for Independence Day
    • Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day
    • Friday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
    • Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving
    • Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas

    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.

  • Follow HLO on Facebook
    The Health Licensing Office has joined Facebook.
    You can follow the Oregon Board of Cosmetology at www.facebook.com/OregonCosmetology; just click "like” to follow the page.
    For all other boards and general HLO information, you can follow www.facebook.com/OregonHLO.
    As a follower of our Facebook pages, you can expect updates on board meetings, rulemaking, notices of office closures, news about your profession and more.
  • 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 apply 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.

  • Donaldson named HLO interim director
    Director Holly Mercer has departed the Health Licensing Office for a new position with the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

    Sylvie Donaldson, Fiscal Services and Licensing Manager, is serving as interim director, effective Sept. 1, 2015.

    Donaldson has worked at HLO since September 2009.
  • HLO oversees licensing, regulation of multiple professions
    The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is a central licensing and regulatory agency that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice.  HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.
  • Board of Cosmetology considers increased civil penalties for rule violations

    The Oregon Board of Cosmetology is considering new rules that would increase the fines for licensees who are repeatedly non-compliant with laws and rules. Another potential change would provide the board with the ability to suspend and revoke authorizations for repeated violations. 

    The proposed rules also increase fines for certain safety and infection-control penalties, including failure to disinfect foot spas and discard disposable articles. 

    The Health Licensing Office is requesting public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rules' substantive goals while reducing negative economic effects on businesses. 

    Proposed rules on civil penalty increases and authorization suspensions and revocations

    The public comment period runs Oct. 1 through 5 p.m. Nov. 30, 2015. A public hearing took place Oct. 28. The board is scheduled to vote on the new rules at the next board meeting, April 4, 2016, in the Rhoades Conference Room at the Health Licensing Office, 700 Summer St. NE (Veterans Building), Salem, OR.

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.

How Are We Doing?

Take HLO's Customer Satisfaction Survey and make your voice heard.

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 LicenseCheck 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.



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. 

Test​ing? Bring Change for Parking Meters

​Applicants who are planning to take a qualifying examination or conduct any other business at the Health Licensing Office (HLO) in Salem may want to bring extra change: Parking meter rates are currently $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. 

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.