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About HLO

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO establishes, communicates and ensures compliance of regulatory standards for multiple health and related professions.

In addition, HLO conducts inspections of licensed facilities, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines practitioners found in violation of state law and administrative rule.

HLO's primary purpose is to provide more unified and standardized regulatory oversight that results in greater regulatory accountability and efficiency. The Office oversees licensing and regulation of multiple health and related professions represented by 16 volunteer citizen boards, councils and programs. The volunteer citizen boards and councils of HLO provide profession-specific expertise and consultation but are not responsible for central operations.

As a state consumer protection office, HLO plays a leading consumer protection role in the State of Oregon by safeguarding the more than 4 million Oregon citizens who purchase services from professionals and businesses licensed by the office.

The Health Licensing Office ensures qualification standards and ongoing professional requirements for more than 73,500 active authorizations (practitioners, facilities and independent contractors).

The Health Licensing Office is part of the Oregon Health Authority, under the purview of the Public Health Division.

Office Goals

  • Provide excellent customer service to all applicants, clients and stakeholders
  • Promote a positive business environment by reducing barriers to professional practice
  • Actively promote consumer protection through education, enforcement and partnerships

Volunteer citizen boards and regulated professions

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids
Art Therapy Program
Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
Board of Athletic Trainers
Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians
Board of Cosmetology
Board of Denture Technology
Board of Direct Entry Midwifery
Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners
Board of Licensed Dietitians
Board of Sign Language Interpreters
Environmental Health Registration Board
Genetic Counseling Program
Lactation Consultant Program
Long Term Care Administrators Board
Music Therapy Program
Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board
Sexual Offense Treatment Board
Temporary Staffing Agency Program
Health Licensing Office
The Health Licensing Office is located at 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301

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The Health Licensing Office is open by appointment only during the COVID-19 emergency. Please email or call (503) 378-8667, so that our customer service representatives can assist you over the phone. If it is determined you need an appointment to sit for an exam or other transaction, an appointment will be scheduled for you. Masks or face shields will be required upon entry to our building as of June 24, 2020.

Business Hours

Monday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Information Line

(503) 378-8667