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

Things to know

  • License expires every year
  • You can renew 120 days before your license expires
  • There will be a late fee if you don't renew before it expires
  • If your license has been expired for more than 1 year, it's canceled and you must reapply.
  • We consider you unlicensed if your license expires or gets canceled. You can receive a fine for engaging in unlicensed activity.

Before you renew

  • Be ready to answer legal background questions and provide documents if needed.

What you'll need

  • Your license number
  • Expiration date of your blood-borne pathogens certificate
  • Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card to pay renewal fee
  • If needed, documents for legal background questions, ready to upload.
  • If needed, update your contact information online before you renew
  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to renew online.
Start renewal

Want to renew by mail?

When will I get my license?

We won't mail your license unless you request a printed copy. Your license is available to print online.

If you renewed online

  • We'll process your request within 14 business days. It will be available to print online at any time.
  • Check your email for notifications about your license.
  • See how to self-print your license.

If you applied by mail

  • We'll process your request within 45 business days and send a copy of your license to the email address listed on the application.
  • You can print your license online at any time. See how to self-print your license

Get a printed license by mail

  • To get a printed license when applying by mail, you must send the license print fee with your application.
  • To request a printed copy of your license, send us the following information:
    • Name
    • Mailing address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • License type
    • License number
    • Check or money order for the license print fee, payable to Department of Licensing
    • Mail to:

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

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