Licensing Regulations

Prospective students often call us asking about state regulations and what license/certificate is needed so they can begin seeing their own clients. So, to help you out, we’ve done the research for you. Please view the table below to see what’s required in your state. If you still have questions, contact [email protected]. Click on your state for details.

Please look for your state and click on it so you can see more detailed information.

Alabama


Alabama Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Food, Milk, and Lodging website.

Contact Information:
Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Food, Milk, and Lodging
The RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1250
Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone: (334) 206-5300 (8am – 5pm) or 1-800-ALA-1818

Alaska


Alaska Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
Colleen Wilson
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907/465-2547
Fax: 907/465-2974
[email protected]

Arizona


Arizona Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information read:13-3721. Tattoos, brands, scarifications and piercings; minors; anesthesia; exception; defense; violation; classification; definitions.

Arkansas


Arkansas Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
4815 West Markham,
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-661-2000

California


California Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-558-1784

Colorado


Colorado Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
(303) 692-2700

Connecticut


Connecticut Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health: Tattooist Information website.

Contact Information:
Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
(860) 509-8000

Delaware


Delaware Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Delaware Division of Public Health Body Art Establishments website.

Contact Information:
Delaware Health and Social Services
Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street
Jesse Cooper Building
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-1220
Fax: (302) 739-1957

Florida


Florida Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Bureau of Community Environmental Health, Tattooing & Permanent Makeup website.

Contact Information:
Bureau of Community Environmental Health, HSEC,
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN A08,
Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1710
Phone: (850) 245-4277

Hawaii


Hawaii Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information and for statewide contact information please visit Hawaii’s Department of Health website.

Idaho


Idaho Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please read:
18-1523.Tattooing, branding and body piercing of minors

Illinois


Illinois Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please read:
PART 797 BODY ART CODE

Contact Information:
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
217-782-4977

Illinois Department of Public Health
122 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
312-814-2608

Indiana


Indiana Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Indiana Department of Health website on Tattoo and Body Piercing website.

Contact Information:
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-1325

Iowa


Iowa Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health Tattoo Program website.

For additional information on the tattoo program, please call: (515) 281-7726.

Kansas


Kansas Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Kansas Board of Cosmetology Website.

Contact Information:
714 SW Jackson Suite 100,
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3155
Fax (785) 296-3002
Email: [email protected]

Kentucky


Kentucky Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Kentucky Department for Public Health Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs Website.

Contact Information:
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of the Secretary
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, Ky. 40621
Phone: 1-800-372-2973

Louisiana


Louisiana Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Louisiana Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Sanitarian Services Commercial Body Art Website.

Contact Information:
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
628 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 342-9500

Maine


Maine Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please download: Chapter 210: Rules Relating to Tattooing from the states Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Information:
Department of Health and Human Services
221 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 207-287-3707

Maryland


Maryland Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

Maryland has very few State regulations regulating tattoo parlors. The State of Maryland does not require tattoo artists or peircers to be licensed. The regulations that do exist are in COMAR–the Code of Maryland Administrative Regulations.

However, local county and city government are often involved in the regulation of tattooing, please check with your local government for more details.

Massachusetts


Massachusetts Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Massachusetts Health and Human Services, Community Sanitation: Body Art website.

Contact Information:
Office of Health Services
250 Washington Street 6th Fl
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 210-5000

Minnesota


Minnesota Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit Tattooing Information and Guidelines for Tattooists and Consumers from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
651-201-5000
888-345-0823 – For Minnesota callers outside the metro area (toll-free)

Mississippi


Mississippi Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit Mississippi State Department of Health – Regulations website

Contact Information:
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-576-7400 (8am-5pm)

Missouri


Missouri Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Missouri Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing & Branding website

Contact Information:
Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing & Branding
3605 Missouri Blvd
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
T: (573) 526-8288
E: [email protected]

Montana


Montana Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit Montana’s Department of Public Health & Human Services, Food & Consumer Safety (FCSS) website

Contact Information:
Food and Consumer Safety Section
1400 Broadway, Room C214
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-5622

Nebraska


Nebraska Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services website

Contact Information:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South,
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2117

Nevada


Nevada Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

There are no state statutes or regulations directly regulating tattoo establishments or tattoo artists.

Tattoo establishments are regulated locally under district and local boards of health. The Health Authorities responsible are:

Please email them directly if you don’t find the information you are looking for on their web site.
The State Health Division has responsibility as the Health Authority for the other rural and frontier counties. The Health Division does not currently have regulations related to tattooing.

New Hampshire


New Hampshire Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulations

For the most current information please visit:

Contact Information:
LICENSING AND REGULATIVE SERVICES
Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone: (603) 271-0277
Contact person: Connie Beliveau
E-mail: [email protected]

New Jersey


New Jersey Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit The Public Health, Sanitation and Safety Program of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website.

Contact Information:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
John Fitch Plaza, PO Box 360
Trenton, N.J. 08625-0360

New Mexico


New Mexico Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Board of Barbers and Cosmetologistst website.

Contact Information:
Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Toney Anaya Building
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4690

New York


New York Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit New York State Department of Health, Body Art – Tattooing and Body Piercing website.

Contact Information:
New York State Department of Health
Center for Environmental Health Bureau of Community Environmental Health & Food Protection
547 River Street, Room 515
Troy, NY 12180-2216
(518)-402-7600
(800)-458-1158, extension 2-7600
e-mail: [email protected]

North Carolina


North Carolina Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit North Carolina Department of Environmental Health Services Tattoo Program website.

Contact Information:
Environmental Health Services Section
1632 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1632
Phone: 919-733-2884

North Dakota


North Dakota Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
Food & Lodging
Phone: 701.328.1291
Toll Free: 1.800.472.2927
Fax: 701.328.1890

Ohio


Ohio Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Ohio Department of Health Tattoo and Body Piercing Services website

Contact Information:
Department of Health (DOH)
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-466-3543

Oklahoma


Oklahoma Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health – Body Piercing and Tattooing website

Contact Information:
Consumer Protection Division
1000 N.E. 10th Street
(405) 271-5243
Contact: Tressa Madden, Director

Oregon


Oregon Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Oregon’s Advisory Council for Electrologists, Permanent Color Technicians and Tattoo Artists website

Contact Information:
Electrologists, Permanent Color, Tattoo Artists
700 Summer St. NE Suite 320
Salem OR 97301-1287

Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

Board Laws & Regulations website

State Board of Cosmetology
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone – (717) 783-7130
[email protected]

Rhode Island


Rhode Island Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

Contact Information:
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence RI 02908
1-800-942-7434
(out of state 401-222-5960)

South Carolina


South Carolina Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Tattoo Information website.

Contact Information:
S.C. DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-3432

Tennessee


Tennessee Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Tennessee’s Division of General Environmental Health website.

Contact Information:
Division of General Environmental Health
425 Fifth Avenue, North
Cordell Hull Building, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-7206

Texas


Texas Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group: Tattoo and Body Piercing Studios website.

Contact Information:
Division for Regulatory Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714
(512) 834-6770

Utah


Utah Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please read:
76-10-2201. Unlawful body piercing and tattooing of a minor — Penalties.

For more information, please contact your local Health Department.

Vermont


Vermont Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please read:
Vermont Secretary of State – Office of Professional Regulations – Tattooists website.

Contact Information:
Office of Professional Regulation
National Life Bldg, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620
Phone: (802) 828-1505

Virginia


Virginia Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation – Board for Barbers and Cosmetology website.

Contact Information:
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-8509
Email: [email protected]

Washington


Washington Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

The following links are to pages found on the Washington State Legislature website and pertain to the current tattooing laws, rules/regulations, and bills:

Revised Code of Washington (RCW):
RCW 70.54.320
Electrology and tattooing – Findings.

RCW 70.54.330
Electrology and tattooing – Definitions.

RCW 70.54.340
Electrology and tattooing – Rules, sterilization requirements.

RCW 70.54.350
Electrology and tattooing – Practitioners to comply with rules – Penalty

RCW 26.28.085
Applying tattoo to a minor – Penalty.

Washington Administrative Code (WAC):

Chapter 246-145 WAC
Electrology and tattooing standards for sterilization procedures and infection control.

Bills:
SB 5180 – 2007-08
Regulating tattooing and body piercing.
SB 5821 – 2007-08
Regulating body art facilities.
If you have any other questions, please visit the Access Washington Help Center at: http://support.access.wa.gov/

West Virginia


West Virginia Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Tattoo Studio website.

Contact Information:

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources
State Capitol Complex, Building 3 Room 206
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-0684

Wisconsin


Wisconsin Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Contact Information:
T: 608-266-1562
E: [email protected]
Division of Public Health
Food Safety and Recreational Licensing
1 W Wilson Street, Room 150
Madison WI 53703

Many areas in Wisconsin are regulated by local public health departments rather than the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. If your facility is not in one of the jurisdictions where the State has jurisdiction, then you should contact the Local Public Health Department.

Wyoming


Wyoming Permanent Cosmetics Legislation & Regulation Information

For more information please read:

14-3-107. Performing body-art on persons who have not reached the age of majority; penalties; definition

Local licensing requirements may exist. Contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.