Do You Need a License to Tattoo?


Quick Answer

A tattoo artist license is required in every city and state in the United States. To apply for a license, one can contact the state department of licensing and complete the required steps. Submit the tattoo artist application, all supporting documents and applicable licensing fee to the state licensing agency.

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Do You Need a License to Tattoo?
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Although the process varies from state to state, states usually have similar requirements to obtain a tattoo artist license. According to Washington State Department of Licensing, an applicant must be at least 18 years old with valid identification to apply for a license. A blood-borne pathogen certificate is often required; training classes are offered at local hospitals and community colleges. Red Cross offers some certifications.

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