How to Become a Certified Tattooist and Piercing Artist

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To become a professional tattoo artist, it is compulsory to get a tattoo and piercing certification. The certification is managed by the appropriate agencies for each state located in the United States. They have their own set of rules and regulations; however, one constant feature is that one needs to be above 18 years of age in order to apply for the certification.

Some states require certain 'classes', most can be done online. Proof of completion of the tattoo education course is necessary if the state you want to practice in requires them. This is to be submitted along with your application to the necessary state licensing agencies, usually the Health Department. A government issued photo ID from any recognised agency should also be submitted. According to the various states, there is also a certain application fee that is to be given during new licensing. If the license is up for renewal, or reactivation, then the fees are much less. Whenever you attach money, make sure that you send the money in the form of a check or money order. No other form of sending money would do.

Along with all the required documents, you would need to mail your application to the address mentioned in the form for your state licensing agency. If all your documents are verified, then you stand to get a tattoo and or piercing certification, may need certification for both tattoos and one for piercing. The certification is usually valid for 2 years and then you can renew. Below is a list of state requirements but information can always change, best to call your local Health Department for the latest most up to date information.

Although certification is not required in most states, strict state specific Micropigmentation and tattoo regulations have been put in place throughout the country to assure the safety and well being of the public. Whether you are a potential client, or are interested in a career as a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP), Tattooist or Piercing, make certain you know with these regulations in your state or region.  

Note: because legislation and governance is subject to change, dragontattooequipment.com, does not guarantee, assert, or assume liability for the accuracy of theses statutes and regulations. Call your local Health Department for state specific laws and regulations. What is written below is simply an overview. This information is not legal advice and is for educational purposes only. Also, be certain to cross reference this information with information provided on the US Training And Certification page. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact your local health department official. For legal advice, it is highly recommended that you contact your own legal professional. 

 


State: Alabama  Permanent Makeup And Tattoo’s Are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement And/Or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, and facility inspection handled by the State Department Of Public Health and Cosmetic tattoo regulations. Blood borne pathogen training program required. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws.

State: Alaska  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Department Of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and licensing. Cosmetic tattoo restrictions include no tattooing of a minor without written consent of parent or guardian. Permission must be kept on file for at least three years.  

State: Arizona   Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Arizona State Board Of Cosmetology. Statutes also handled by the Arizona State Legislature. Permanent Makeup is regulated separately from tattooing. It is unlawful for a person to engage in the business of Micropigmentation out of a temporary facility, home or mobile unit. Any tattooing of minors is prohibited and is considered a felony offense.   

State: Arkansas  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Arkansas Department Of Health. Licensing and certification are required to apply permanent cosmetics. Permanent makeup and body tattooing are regulated separately. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.  

State: California  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight handled by the California Department of Public Health. AB 186 requires that facilities must be registered, inspected and permitted by their specific County Environmental Health Dept. Look up Safety standards and specific bill information. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Colorado  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment, and the State Board of Cosmetology. Permanent Makeup is regulated separately from tattooing. Parental consent is mandatory for tattooing a minor.

State: Connecticut  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Department Of Public Health. Chemical injection for tattoo removal is illegal. Specialists must keep records for at least two years. Minors are required to have written permission to have a tattoo procedure by a parent or guardian.  

State: Delaware  Permanent Makeup and tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement’s and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Delaware Department Of Health And Social Services. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here. 

State: Florida   Permanent Makeup and tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement’s and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Florida Department Of Health. Any tattooing of a minor under the age of 16 is prohibited. 

State: Georgia  Permanent Makeup and tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement’s and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Department Of Human Services

State: Hawaii  Permanent Makeup and tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement’s and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Hawaii State Department Of Health. Requires exam, license and registration. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Idaho  Permanent Makeup and tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the State Legislature. Certificate of compliance is required. Parental consent is required for tattooing, branding and body piercing of any person under the age of eighteen (18) years. 

State: Illinois  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Illinois Department Of Public Health. Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found under the Illinois General Assembly website. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Indiana  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Indiana Department of Health.  Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup, tattoo, and body piercing regulations phone your local health department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Iowa  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Iowa Department Of Public Health. For licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Kansas  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Kansas Board Of Cosmetology. Licensing and training must be approved by the board. For more licensing and general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Kentucky  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Kentucky Cabinet For Health And Family Services. Facilities must register with the cabinet. Licensing and training must be approved by the board. Kentucky Health Department information listings, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Louisiana  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Louisiana Department Of Health & Hospitals. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

State: Maine  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Maine Department of Health And Human Services. Micropigmentation and tattooing regulated separately and certification is required by the American Academy Of Micropigmentation. Health inspection and license renewal information are required. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

State: Maryland  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT very well regulated by the state. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Maryland Board Of Cosmetologists. Permanent makeup application is illegal and prohibited in beauty salons. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian.  

State: Massachusetts
Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Massachusetts Board Of Cosmetology. Micropigmentation and permanent makeup are classified under body art. Each local area regulates separately through the Department Of Health And Human Services. Certification is required by the American Academy Of Micropigmentation. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

State: Michigan
Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Michigan Department Of Health and Human ServicesLicensing requirements can be found within the Department Of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs, as well as duties of the licensor Michigan Legislative Council. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

State: Minnesota  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Minnesota Department Of Health. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone the local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

StateMississippi  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Mississippi State Department Of Health. For licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

StateMissouri  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Missouri Department Of Economic Development. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateMontana  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Montana Public Health And Human Services. For more information on licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Nebraska  Permanent Makeup And Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Nebraska Department of Health And Human Services. For more information on licensing and general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: Nevada  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. Although the Department Of Health And Human Services and the Nevada Division Of Public And Behavioral Health oversees certain counties, there is no responsibilities to the regulation of cosmetic tattooing. The various districts such as The Southern Nevada Health District and Washoe County, regulate themselves through local boards of health. Other legislative information can be found from the Nevada Legislature. Specialists must be licensed in the city that they live. Strict regulations apply in many of these districts, so be sure to contact these local health departments if you have specific questions or concerns. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

State: New Hampshire Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the New Hampshire  Department Of Health And Human Services and New Hampshire Employment Security. For more information on permanent makeup regulations and statute, phone your local Health DepartmentCosmetic tattooing is considered separate from regular tattooing. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited and a photo ID is required.

State: New Jersey  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the New Jersey Department Of Health. For licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Certification for specialist is required by the American Academy Of Micropigmentation. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited and a photo ID must be presented.

StateNew Mexico  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. Very little regulation exists for permanent makeup by the state government in New Mexico. Statutes are focused mostly on animals over tattoo regulations for human beings. That said, licensing is required and training, is highly recommended. If you have any specific questions or concerns, make sure to make contact with your regional Department of Health. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: New York  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the New York Department Of Health. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateNorth Carolina  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the North Carolina Department Of Health and Human Services. For more licensing and general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Annual permit renewal is required. Any tattooing of a minor is a felony offense.

StateNorth Dakota  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. Licensing, facility inspection, and costs, are moderately overseen by the North Dakota Department Of Health. Attention is more focused on tattoo equipment. Specific county licensing requirements do exist, so make certain to check them. More general information on permanent makeup regulations, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Ohio
Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Ohio Department Of Health. More information on permanent makeup regulations and statutes, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateOklahoma  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Oklahoma State  Department Of Health. Must be performed by a licensed Specialist. More information on permanent makeup regulations and statutes and medical Micropigmentation information, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Oregon  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Oregon Health Licensing Office. Inspection form and regulation statute information, phone your local Health Department.  Tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Pennsylvania Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. There are currently no state health regulations in place for permanent makeup in Pennsylvania. Although licensing, facility inspection and costs, are technically the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Department Of Health, oversight is primarily handled by the State Board Of Cosmetology. and licensing information, phone your local Health Department. Cosmetic specialists must adhere to the Micropigmentation Law of 2001. Permanent makeup must be performed by a licensed specialist and NOT in a salon. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Rhode Island  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Rhode Island Department Of Health. Licensing information, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: South Carolina  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the South Carolina Department Of Health And Environmental Control. Phone your local Health Department for licensing information. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateSouth Dakota
Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government.
Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the South Dakota Department Of Health. Phone your local Health Department for licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Tennessee  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Tennessee Department Of Health. Licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information can be learned through your local Health Department. Registration, inspection and a permit is required. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateTexas  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Texas Department Of State Health Services. Licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information can be directed to your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Utah  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. Only certain counties regulate permanent makeup, so be sure to check with your county health department to get information on oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Vermont Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Vermont Secretary Of State. For licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information, phone your local Health Department. Three years experience required to apply permanent makeup. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateVirginia  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Virginia Department Of Professional and Occupational Regulation. For licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

State: Washington D.C.  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT by the state district. Only certain counties regulate permanent makeup, so be sure to check with the district Health Department to get information on oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs. 

State: Washington  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Washington State Department Of Health. Licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information can be found out through the local Health Department. Regulation of body art facilities, also phone the Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateWest Virginia  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the West Virginia Department Of Health and Human Resources. Licensing, sanitation standards and legislature information, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

StateWisconsin  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: Regulated by the state government. Requirement and/or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs, handled by the Wisconsin Department Of Health Services.  Inspection form and regulation statutes, phone your local Health Department. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. 

StateWyoming  Permanent Makeup and Tattoo’s are: NOT regulated by the state government. No regulations for permanent makeup exist in Wyoming, so be sure to check with the Wyoming Department Of Health for any new information on oversight, licensing, facility inspection and costs.  


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