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The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office 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.

To that end, HLO works with 18 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.

Examination testing cutoff time is 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for all in-office examinations. You will need to return another day to sit for your examination(s) if you arrive to our office and check in after 1 p.m.

Testing hours for all in-office examinations are:

Monday: 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Wednesdays through Friday: 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Information Line: (503) 378-8667

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Health Licensing Office
The Health Licensing Office is located at:
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301
Information Line (503) 378-8667


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Permanent Administrative Rules - Advanced Esthetics Device

​The Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians and the Health Licensing Office (HLO) filed permanent rules with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office on January 21, 2024, related to advanced esthetics devices. Permanent rules became effective on January 26, 2024.​

The 2021 Legislature passed HB 2970 (2021), which changed the scope of practice for estheticians and advanced estheticians and charged the Boards for each profession to work collaboratively to define the term “advanced esthetics device" during the rulemaking process.

Permanent Administrative Rules - Definition of Esthetics Device

​The Board of Cosmetology and the Health Licensing Office (HLO) filed permanent rules with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office on January 21, 2024, related to advanced esthetics devices. Permanent rules became effective on January 26, 2024.​

The 2021 Legislature passed HB 2970 (2021), which changed the scope of practice for estheticians and advanced estheticians and charged the Boards for each profession to work collaboratively to define the term “esthetics device" during the rulemaking process.

Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board - Proposed Administrative Rule

​The Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board, under the Health Licensing Office, has filed a proposed rule with the Oregon Secretary of State.

The proposed rule outlines a process for the provisional registration of a behavior analysis interventionist, a requirement of House Bill 2048 (2023), and will replace the temporary rule that took effect on October 1, 2023, and expires on March 28, 2024.

Board of Sign Language Interpreters - Limited Waiver on Enforcement Extended - Now Ending June 8, 2024

​BOARD OF SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS - HB 2696 (2023)

During the 2023 Legislature Session, House Bill 2696 (2023) was enacted, establishing the Board of Sign Language Interpreters (Board) under the Health Licensing Office (HLO). The bill requires all individuals who perform “sign language interpretation services" to be licensed on January 1, 2024, and requires the Board to determine the minimum qualifications for each license. According to the bill, the Board is unable to begin meeting until after January 1, 2024, and therefore is unable to set those requirements and adopt rules. 

LIMITED WAIVER ON ENFORCEMENT

Since the Board is not permitted to meet until January 1, 2024, the same-day HB 2696 (2023) requires sign language interpreters to be licensed to practice in Oregon, HLO is exercising its discretion and will not impose discipline for practicing without a license on any sign language interpreters who obtain a license before June 8, 2024.

The limited waiver on enforcement begins on January 1, 2024, and ends on June 8, 2024, at 12:01 a.m. The limited waiver of enforcement is narrow; the waiver only applies to the singular issue of providing sign language interpretation services in Oregon without a license. The Office may impose discipline for any other violation of the HLO or Board rules or statutes.

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