June 30, 2010
OLYMPIA — Tattoo and body artists and body piercers across the state can begin applying for their industry’s new professional licenses starting this month.
The Legislature directed DOL to create a tattoo, body piercing, and body art licensing program in 2009 as a measure to protect public health. The law requires tattoo artists, body piercers, and permanent makeup cosmetic technicians to get and maintain a state license. Business establishments where these services are offered also must obtain a license.
“We worked closely with industry representatives to create a licensing program that ensures all practitioners are using uniform safety and sanitation practices,” said Director Liz Luce.
Individuals currently practicing in Washington will be able to obtain a license by paying the required fee and making sure they are following the safety and sanitation requirements set by the new law.
Licensing inspectors will begin visiting tattoo and body piercing establishments to advise operators of the new requirements. Establishments that fail to maintain the required disinfection standards may be subject to fines.
The new regulations and licensing information are posted on the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov/business/tattoo.