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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.

In-Person Training

There are limited in-person class opportunities for those who still wish to receive the training in the classroom. Class times are subject to change each month. For questions, call 918-595-4300. Please note: Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, in-person classes have been suspended until July. See class schedule below.

Upcoming Class Schedule (James O. Goodwin Health Center – 5051 S. 129th E. Ave. Rm 300 unless noted)

July

  • Mondays: July 13 & 27 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: July 1, 15, 22 & 29 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: July 10, 17*, 24 & 31 at 9:00 a.m. (Spanish)
    *Held in the James O. Goodwin Health Center – 5051 S. 129th E. Ave. Auditorium

Information about in-person classes:

  • There is no pre-registration for classes, however class size is temporarily limited to 12.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to class time for registration.
  • Late arrivals may NOT be admitted once class begins.
  • Class length is approximately 2 hours.
  • Class fee is $20 and may be paid with cash or credit card. For faster processing, correct change is appreciated. 
  • Class fee is nonrefundable.
  • No personal checks accepted.
  • Children under the age of six may not attend.
  • Classes are available in English and Spanish.
  • Study Guides and exams are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Permits

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. You will still need to pay the $20 fee and take the THD Waiver Test to receive a valid Food Handler 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.

Food Focus Newsletter

Twice a year, Food Protection Services issues a Food Focus Newsletter to established restaurants. Please review the latest editions.