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State Tattoo Regulations

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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 listed here. Bloodborne pathogen training program required. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

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 here. 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. SB34 was passed and information on cosmetic tattooing can be found here.

Arizona

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 with requirements found here. Statutes also handled by the Arizona State Legislature found here. 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Arkansas

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Permit requirements can be found here. Permanent makeup and body tattooing are regulated separately. Rules and regulations can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

California

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Safety standards and specific bill information can be found here and here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

California

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Safety standards and specific bill information can be found here and here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Colorado

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Connecticut

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos Are: Regulated by the state. Requirement And/Or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Department Of Public Health. More specifically, regulations for tattoo technicians can be found here. 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Delaware

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. More specifically, rules and regulations for body art establishments can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Florida

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. More specifically, rules and regulations for conventional and cosmetic tattooing can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor under the age of 16 is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Georgia

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Hawaii

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 HealthRequires exam, license, and registration. Information on licensing can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Idaho

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. More info on rules and regulations regarding minors and tattooing can be found here. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Illinois

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 on the Illinois General Assembly website here and here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Indiana

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Iowa

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Kansas

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Kentucky

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Louisiana

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Maine

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Maryland

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Massachusetts

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Michigan

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos Are: Regulated by the state. Requirement And/Or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the Department Of Community Health.  Licensing requirements can be found on the Department Of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs, as well as duties of the licensorMichigan Legislative Council. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited without the consent of a parent or guardian. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Minnesota

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here and here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Mississippi

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Missouri

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

New Hampshire

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. More information on permanent makeup regulations and statute can be found here. Cosmetic tattooing is considered separate from regular tattooing. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited and a photo ID is required.

Montana

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Nebraska

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

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Nevada

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos Are: NOT regulated by the state government.
Although the Department Of Health And Human Services and the Nevada Division Of Public And Behavioral Health oversee certain counties, there are 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 specific tattoo laws can be found here.

New Hampshire

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. More information on permanent makeup regulations and statute can be found here. Cosmetic tattooing is considered separate from regular tattooing. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited and a photo ID is required.

New Jersey

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Specifically, licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here and here. Certification for a specialist is required by the American Academy Of Micropigmentation. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited and a photo ID must be presented.

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New Mexico

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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.

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New York

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

North Carolina

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing and more general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here. Annual permit renewal is required. Any tattooing of a minor is a felony offense.

North Dakota

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos Are: NOT regulated by the state government.
Licensing, facility inspection, and costs are moderately overseen by the North Dakota Department Of Health. Attention more focused on tattoo equipment. Specific county licensing requirements do exist so make sure to check them. More general information on permanent makeup regulations can be found here , here, and here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Ohio

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 statute can be found here and here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Oklahoma

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 statute can be found here and Medical Micropigmentation information here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Oregon

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 statutes can be found here.  Tattoo removal regulations can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Pennsylvania

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here. Cosmetic Specialist 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.

Rhode Island

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

South Carolina

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing information can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

South Dakota

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing, sanitation standards,  and legislature information can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Tennessee

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 found here.  Registration, inspection, and a permit is required. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Texas

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Utah

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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.

Vermont

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos Are: Regulated by the state government.
Requirement And/Or Regulation’s Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by theVermont Secretary Of State. Licensing, sanitation standards,  and legislature information can be found here.  Three years experience required to apply permanent makeup. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Virginia

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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. Licensing, sanitation standards,  and legislature information can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

Washington

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 here.  Regulation of body art facilities found here. Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited.

West Virginia

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Wisconsin

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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 can be found here.  Any tattooing of a minor is prohibited. State specific tattoo laws can be found here.

Wyoming

Permanent Makeup And Tattoos 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.  State specific tattoo laws can be found here.