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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 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.

  • 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.

  • Cosmetology Legislative Update

    Oregon Capitol at sunsetOregon's 2015 Legislative Session began Feb. 2, and the Legislature is considering a number of bills that could have an impact on the cosmetology profession in Oregon. These include:

    HB 2642, which would create a Board of Certified Laser Estheticians within the structure of the Health Licensing Office;

    HB 2587, which would add natural nail care as a field of practice within the Board of Cosmetology's oversight and regulation; and

    SB 699, which would exempt a person from certification requirements if he or she was styling hair for the sole purpose of preparing someone for a professional photograph or a theatrical performance.

    Click here to read more about these bills and to learn how to follow their progress in the Legislature.

  • 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)
  • The Future of Esthetics in Oregon
    The Board of Cosmetology (Board) appointed a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to provide consultation to the Health Licensing Office and the Board regarding advanced esthetic procedures, training, education and supervision. The RAC disbanded after three meetings realizing that in order to advance esthetics in Oregon a legislative change may need to be made. A final report of the RAC was drafted by HLO and subsequently several stakeholders within the medical and esthetic industry formulated an Ad Hoc Committee and drafted a summary regarding advanced esthetics and laser certification. 
    In order to provide some guidance to certified estheticians HLO created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet regarding the scope of practice for esthetics, use of title and the complaint process.
  • 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
HLO Resources Current Topics

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. 

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.

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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.