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

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access. If you need help with the new service, please contact dolelicensingsupport@dol.wa.gov or 360.664.0200, option 7.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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 and active bloodborne pathogens certificate. To find a bloodborne pathogen training course use your internet search engine to find a local or internet-based blood borne pathogen training providers.

What you’ll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online

How to apply

You can apply online or by mail.

Online

Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

Tattoo, Body Art, Body Piercing Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

How long your license is valid

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

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