How to get your license: Tattoo, body piercing, body art, and permanent cosmetic artists

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Who needs a license

Anyone who charges a fee to provide one of the following services:

  • Implant pigment into the skin using a needle or other instrument. Requires a tattoo artist license.
  • Penetrate the skin or mucous membrane to insert an object, such as jewelry, for cosmetic purposes. Requires a body piercing artist license.
    • This doesn't include stud-and-clasp ear piercing or health-related procedures performed by a licensed health care worker.
  • Intentionally produce scars on the body through branding or scarification. Requires a body art artist license.
  • Apply permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, lip color, or repigmentation by implanting pigment under the skin. Requires a permanent cosmetic artist license.

Requirements

To get an 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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