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.
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.