How to get your license: Permanent cosmetics artists

Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

Who needs a license

You must have a permanent cosmetics artist license if you charge a fee to apply permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, lip color, or repigmentation by implanting pigment under the skin. This is a form of tattooing.

Requirements

To get a permanent cosmetics 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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