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Food Handler Permit

Tulsa Health Department works to safeguard public health through education on safe food handling practices and the regulation of food service establishments.

Food Safety

Each year, food protection services educates over 30,000 restaurant employees and other food employees on food safety. All local food service employees must have an original, valid Food Handler Permit from THD in their possession while at work. To receive a permit, you must successfully complete a THD Food Safety Class.

Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Online Training

Food Protection Services now hosts food handler training classes online for the employee’s convenience on any digital device. From training to testing, this online class is available in eight different languages and can be taken 24/7.

Computer Stations

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or phone with internet to complete the online training; you can come to the James O. Goodwin Health Center (5051 S 129th E Ave.) or the North Regional Health Center (5635 MLK Jr. Blvd) and use the computer testing stations. They are available between 8am – 3pm Monday – Friday.

In-Person Training

Please note: Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, in-person classes have been suspended indefinitely. Please check back at a later date for updates.


Upon passing the test, you will receive a Food Handler Permit. Food Handler Permits must be available at all times while the employee is working. The Health Department inspector will accept screenshots and paper copies. Duplicate original permits can be obtained at the James O. Goodwin Health Center for $5. If you completed the course online, you can log-in to your account and reprint at any time for free.

Taking an internet online training course from a third party does not qualify to get a THD permit. Temporary Permits are no longer available after January 2, 2020.

House Bill 1804 Verification Requirements

House Bill 1804 went into effect on November 1, 2007. As a result, anyone attending a food handler class or applying for a manager's certificate from the Tulsa Health Department must sign a statement that they are either (1) a United States citizen, or (2) a qualified alien under the federal Immigration & Nationality Act and are lawfully present in the United States.