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The Health Licensing Office is closed 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. A mask or face covering is required upon entry to our building. If you choose to wear a face shield, it is also recommended that a mask or face covering is worn with it.

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 16 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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Seeking Licensed Direct Entry Midwives to Serve as Subject Matter Experts

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking licensed direct entry midwives to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for complaint investigations. A SME is an independent contractor who assists in investigations of and cases against Oregon direct entry midwives. SMEs may be called upon to assist the HLO in various ways, such as: working with a HLO investigator when investigating licensees, providing opinions about community standards, and competently testifying during hearings.

2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

The following is an overview of 2021 Legislation that may impact the profession of cosmetology.

HB 2970 Defines “device" for purposes of advanced nonablative esthetics practices. Allows person certified to practice esthetics to use devices determined by the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Prohibits person certified to practice esthetics from using mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance, or device without specific authorization by Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Defines “mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device." Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrow services and varying temporary hair removal.​​

Limited Waiver on Enforcement for Estheticians Using Certain Devices

Background Information​

In 2015, the Oregon legislature enacted law that created a certification to practice advanced nonablative esthetics. The legislature defined advanced nonablative esthetics as “a procedure that uses a laser or other device registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for nonablative procedures performed on the skin or hair. . ." As a result of these statutes, estheticians who wanted to practice advanced nonablative esthetics could not do so until they obtained a certificate in advanced nonablative esthetics. These statutes are found in ORS 676.630 to 676.660 and can be found here: ​

COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon

​​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is receiving many inquiries and questions regarding Oregon's COVID-19 vaccination effort, the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, and the phases for distribution rollout. If you have questions or would like additional information on COVID-19 vaccine information in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Health Authority's “COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon" website​

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