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Our planned opening effective January 3, 2022, has been postponed. The Health Licensing Office will remain closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Once we have a confirmed opening date, we will post the information here.

  • Please email or call (503) 378-8667, so our customer service representatives can assist you.
  • If it is determined you need an appointment to sit for an exam or other transaction, an appointment will be scheduled for you. A face mask covering is required upon entry into our building.

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 17 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.

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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Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, January 17, 2022, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 21, 2022, for Presidents' Day

Proctors Needed for the Hearing Aid Specialist Practical Examination

​​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking individuals to proctor the Oregon Advisory Council on Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Specialist Practical Examination. Proctoring the Hearing Aid Specialist Practical Examination entails observing examination candidates performing audiometric testing and masking, ear-mold impressions, and hearing aid fitting and selection. Proctors grade candidates by using standardized forms and scoring criteria.

Proctors Needed for the Standard Body Piercing Practical Examination

​​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking individuals to proctor the Oregon Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners, Standard Body Piercing Practical Examination. Proctoring the Standard Body Piercing Practical Examination entails observing examination candidates performing body piercing procedures and grading the candidate. Proctors grade candidates by using standardized forms and scoring criteria. ​

Update on the Scope of Practice for Esthetics and Advanced Esthetics

​The following information provides a summary of the past policies related to the scope of practice for esthetics and advanced esthetics since 2015. The information also highlights HB 2079, which passed during the 2021 Legislative Session and how the Health Licensing Office, the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians and the Board of Cosmetology will move forward in implementing the requirements of the bill including collaboratively defining the term “device" within both the esthetics and advanced esthetics profession. ​

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