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Health Licensing Office Open By Appointment Only

​In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) will be changing the way it provides services at our location in Salem. 

The HLO is now open by appointment only during our normal business hours. Please call (503) 378-8667, to see if we can assist you over the phone. If it is determined you need to come into the office, one of our staff members will schedule you on a date and time that works for you. You can also seek assistance by emailing our office at: Many of your questions can be answered by visiting the HLO website and the Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 updates page.


Proposed Rule Regarding Continuing Education During COVID-19 State of Emergency

​The Health Licensing Office has filed a proposed Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) with the Secretary of State's Office. The proposed rule language impacts the Office's license, certification, and registration holders regarding continuing education requirements as a condition for renewal during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Compliance with COVID-19 Executive Orders

​The Health Licensing Office has filed temporary Oregon Administrative Rule 331-020-0078 to clarify the potential consequences of an authorization holder failing to comply with an Executive Order issued by the Governor or failing to comply with state agency guidance during a declared disaster or emergency. The temporary rule language is effective May 15, 2020.

•    Oregon Administrative Rule 331-020-0078
•    Oregon Revised Statute 676.612
•    Governor’s Executive Orders
•    Governor’s COVID-19 Information
•    Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Information

Personal Services Guidance for Phase One Reopening in Oregon

​The Oregon Health Authority has finalized specific guidance for personal services during the phase one reopening for Oregon counties. This guidance is required for those licensed under the Health Licensing Office providing personal services.

Delinquency Fee Discount for Authorization Holders During Declared State of Emergency

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) filed a temporary rule with the Secretary of State's Office providing discounted delinquency fees for all HLO authorization holders during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency. The Governor's Executive Order No 20-03 directs state agencies to develop and implement procedures, including adopting temporary rules designed to prevent or alleviate the financial burden caused by the public health threat.

Provisional License for Respiratory Therapists During COVID-19 Emergency

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) to allow for a provisional license for inactive and expired Oregon Respiratory Therapists to return to active status during a declared emergency. The temporary administrative order was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State and is effective from March 26, 2020, through September 21, 2020. The rule language provides a streamlined process to increase the potential number of respiratory therapists who can care for patients in Oregon during a declared emergency.

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