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Provisional License for Respiratory Therapists During COVID-19 Emergency

Monday, March 30, 2020

​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.

For a list of qualifications and the fee to obtain a provisional license, please see OAR 331-710-0022. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in obtaining a provisional license during the COVID-19 emergency, please do the following:

  1. Send an email to:
  2. Subject line should be: RT Inactive or Expired - Name of Respiratory Therapist (your name)
  3. Complete and attach an Authorization Information Update form. This form can be scanned and attached, or a photo of the form taken and attached.
  4. Provide a current federal or state photo identification (front and back copy).
  5. Provide documentation demonstrating a request to provide services from an Office-recognized public health organization, emergency medical service agency, county, state or federal entity as the result of the declaration of a disaster or emergency. This documentation may include, but is not limited to, a letter or email from a hospital or county health department.
  6. Provide payment information for the $50 provisional license fee.

While we are currently closed to the public, our Office is staffed to take your emails and work with you to obtain a provisional license. Once the Office receives and verifies all required documentation, an email response will be sent directly to the respiratory therapist from an Office representative approving them to practice until September 21, 2020, or until more information is available.

If you have questions, or if you do not have email access and need an alternative way to provide HLO with the required information, contact:

Derek Fultz, Licensing Specialist
(503) 934-5009

Sarah Bye, Licensing Specialist
(503) 373-1989

HLO business hours:
​​​Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Many of your questions can also be answered by visiting the HLO website and the Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 updates page.


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