Multnomah County Food Handlers

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Even though Multnomah County is the smallest county in Orgeon by land mass, it is one of more populous counties with 735,000 residents. The county includes famous cities such as Portland and Vancouver. The county attracts a large amount of tourists and require all food handlers to obtain a food handler’s card within 30 days of employment to prevent foodborne illness.

Food Handlers Card:

Anyone whose job covers handling food, beverages or utensils are required to obtain a food handler’s card.Food workers must obtain a food handler certificate within 30 calendar days of starting a new job. While a food handler’s card obtained in Oregon allows you to work in most counties, Multnomah County offers two options for obtaining a food handler card: online and at one of their are offices.

For Online testing, visit

For Onsite testing, visit the County Office in person. You can take the test Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. 

Multnomah_County_Brick_BuildingOffice Location
Multnomah County Environmental Health
847 NE 19th Avenue, Suite 350, Portland, Oregon 97232

Training documentation is valid for 3 years, after which food handlers must retake training materials for renewal.


Certified Food Manager Certificate

Restaurants handling open, non-prepackaged foods are encouraged to invest in educating their workers. One way is to prepare for a Certified Food Manager Certificate. The state of Oregon does not require restaurants to have licensed food protection manager to be on site at all times, but a valid food manager training certificate can be accepted in lieu of a food handler’s card in Oregon.



Multnomah County Environmental Health
847 NE 19th, Suite 350 Portland, Oregon 97232


Phone Number: 503-988-5257
Email: [email protected]



To find out more about how to study and pass the food handler’s card test, visit our Study Guide & Practice Exam section to best prepare for the test.