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Tattoo Regulations by state

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STATE
STATUS
Alabama RegulatedState Licensing and Facility Inspection Under Department of Health Services
tattooing of minors is prohibited; blood borne pathogen training program required
Alaska Regulated State Sec. 08.13.217. Tattooing or body piercing on a minor. (a) A person may not practice tattooing on a minor. (b) A person may not practice body piercing on a minor without prior written permission from the minor's parent or legal guardian and the presence of the parent or legal guardian during the body piercing procedure. The person who performs the body piercing shall keep a copy of the written permission on file for at least three years.
Arizona Regulated State HB 2666-441-H (Revising Title 32) Permanent Makeup is regulated separately from tattooing; tattooing of minors is prohibited; It is unlawful for a person to engage in the business of tattooing out of a home...
Arkansas Regulated State Regulated separately for body tattooing; tattooing of minors is prohibited
California Regulated State AB 186 requires registration with county health dept and facility inspection.  tattooing of minors is prohibited
Delaware Regulated State Tattooing of minors is prohibited
Colorado Regulated State Licensing under the State Board of Cosmetology;  Permanent Makeup is regulated separately from tattooing 25-4-2103.
Parental consent for minors. NO BODY ARTIST SHALL
PERFORM A BODY ART PROCEDURE UPON A MINOR UNLESS THE BODY ARTIST
HAS RECEIVED EXPRESS CONSENT FROM THE MINOR'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
FAILURE TO OBTAIN SUCH PERMISSION BEFORE PERFORMING BODY ART
PROCEDURES ON A MINOR SHALL CONSTITUTE A PETTY OFFENSE PUNISHABLE
BY A FINE OF TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
Connecticut Regulated State tattooing under the supervision of a physician and regulated by the Dept of Health
Procedures
• Facial tattoos may only be done by licensed physicians
• Injection of chemicals into the skin by tattoo artists to remove tattoos is illegal
• Customers must be sober
• Signed consent forms required
• Parental consent forms required for minors
• Artists must keep records on every customer for at least 2 years
• Oral care instructions required
• Acetate stencils must be sanitized
Florida Regulated State permitted under general endorsement of MD, DDS or DC. 877.04; tattooing of minors under age 16 is not legal
Georgia Regulated State state statue prohibits tattooing within 1" of eye; tattooing of minors is prohibited; licensure required by department of health
Hawaii Regulated State Requires exam, license & registration and with physician supervision tattooing of minors is prohibited
Illinois Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited
Idaho Regulated State Parental consent is required for tattooing, branding and body piercing of any person under the age of eighteen (18) years. No tattooing, branding or body piercing may occur on any person under the age of fourteen (14) years. Piercing of the ear lobes and piercing for medical purposes are exempted from this legislation. Penalty for violation is an enhanced misdemeanor with additional penalty for subsequent violation withing one year.
SENATE BILL NO. 1281
Iowa Regulated State regulated by Public Health Dept.; tattooing of minors prohibited
Indiana Regulated State Senate Enrolled Act 13;tattooing of minors is prohibited
Kansas Regulated State regulated by state board of cosmetology;  tattooing of minors is prohibited; licensure and training must be approved by board of cosmetology
Kentucky Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited
Louisiana Regulated State A. It is unlawful for any person to tattoo any other person under the age of eighteen without the consent of the parents of such person.

B. It is unlawful for any business entity to pierce the body of any person under the age of eighteen without the consent of a parent or legal custodian of such person.

Licensed by Department of Health
Maine Regulated State Micropigmentation Regulated separately from body tattooing tattooing of minors is prohibited; certification by the AAM required
Maryland Regulated State Regulated by Board of Cosmetology; cosmetic tattooing is illegal and prohibited in a beauty salon.
Massachusetts Regulated State 

 

state of Massachusetts has legalized tattooing and classified Permanent Makeup under Body Art.  Each city in Massachusetts will have their own restrictions through the Board of Health. Board of Health in Cambridge requires AAM certification; For more information you can contact Marie Eileen O'Neil AC 617 624-5280,
Michigan Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; facility license required with Dept. of Health
Minnesota Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; tattooists are not regulated by State government in Minnesota. Tattooists may be regulated by city or county agencies.
Mississippi Regulated State registration and licensure governed by Dept. of Health
Missouri Regulated State HB343 tattooing of minors is prohibited ; licensure required 
Montana Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; regulated by health board with physician director
Nebraska Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited
Nevada Regulated State Tattoo artists must be licensed by the city in which they live. The regulations are set by the county where the technician resides.Clark County currently has strigent regulations on health permits and inspections. Washoe county requires a license from district health department for "invasive body decoration establishments".
New Hampshire Regulated State distinguishes tattooing and cosmetic tattooing; Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Photo ID is required.
New Jersey Regulated State Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Photo ID is required. New Jersey has adopted new codes for tattooing, permanent makeup and piercing. Certification by the AAM required
New Mexico Unregulated State no legislation only statutes for animals
New York Regulated State new regulations have been proposed. As of 1999 tattooing is now LEGAL in New York City; tattooing of minors is prohibited
North Carolina Regulated State Requires annual permit, tattoo removal prohibited -. Some local prohibition (Wake Co.); tattooing of minors is prohibited and is considered a felony
North Dakota Unregulated State only regulations on tattoo equipment
Ohio Regulated State OHIO Code Regulated by the  State Board of Health . Tattooing of minors is prohibited  
Oklahoma

Regulated State

House Bill 1964 has been passed & signed by governor: tattooing only by licensed medical practitioners in course of practice until new guidelines are placed into action as mentioned in HB1964
Oregon Regulated State Requires 368 hrs. Training at state approved school, written exam. DDS authorized to give anesthesia injections for lip procedures tattooing of minors is prohibited
Pennsylvania Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; new restrictive codes; illegal for cosmetologist to provide permanent makeup in salon according to the State Board of Cosmetology
Rhode Island Regulated State 2000 Legislation The director of Dept of Health  shall promulgate rules and regulations which provide minimum requirements; tattooing of minors is prohibited 
South Carolina Regulated State

  

Tattooing has been voted in South Carolina.
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South Dakota Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited
Tennessee Regulated State Requires 1 yr. Apprenticeship with tattoo artist that has been licensed with the state for min. 3 yrs., registration with local health dept., inspection, and permit. Tattoo removal prohibited. tattooing of minors is prohibited
Texas Regulated State Sterilization Standards under the Health Department. SB 1812; tattooing of minors is prohibited
Utah Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; some regulations by County Local Ordinances only: Toole County, Salt Lake City
Vermont Regulated State registration requirements under the office of professional regulations 3 year experience as tattooist required; tattooing of minors is illegal
Virginia Regulated State tattooing of minors is prohibited; Study of tattooing safety by Department of Health 2001
Washington DC Unregulated District none presently; no licensure required
Washington Regulated State HOUSE BILL 1042 pending approval by governor. new standards for tattooing. If you know regulations in Washington, please let us know
West Virginia Regulated State Tattooing of minors is prohibited; business registration certificate & register with their local or regional board of health
Wisconsin Regulated State Tattooing of minors under 18 is prohibited; regulated by Department of Health; The practice of medicine and surgery is further defined not to include tattooing and body piercing when done for purposes of bodily adornment ( Dec 1999).
Wyoming Regulated State State of Wyoming tattooing of minors under age 18 is prohibited; unless emancipated minor

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