How to get your license: Body art artists

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Who needs a license

You must have a body art artist license if you charge a fee to intentionally produce scars on the body through branding or scarification.

Requirements

To get a body art artist license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a current bloodborne pathogens certificate. To learn where you can get this training, see Training resources.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Body Art, Body Piercing, Tattoo Artist, Permanent Cosmetics License, Renewal, or Reinstatement Application.
  2. Mail your application to the address on the form. Be sure to include all of the following:
    • Completed application form.
    • Any necessary supporting documents.
    • Check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).

How long your license is valid

Your license is valid for 1 year after we issue it.

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