State Regulations

Please note: We provide this information as information and guidelines for educational purposes only. These US state regulation statutes are subject to change and modification and therefore the AAM does not warrant the accuracy or status of either the statutes or regulations and does not constitute legal advise. 

US State Regulations for Permanent Cosmetic Makeup / Micropigmentation
http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/tattooing-and-body-piercing.aspx

We recommend that you review your own state regulations/statues for updated information.

 

Alabama

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit: 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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

• Alaska’s Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
• Applications/Forms
• Statutes and Regulations 

Contact Information:

Colleen Wilson
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907/465-2547
Fax: 907/465-2974

[email protected]

Arkansas

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For more information please visit:
• Tattoos & Permanent Cosmetics Rules and Regulations (PDF)
• Tattoos & Permanent Cosmetic Artists FAQ
• Tattoos & Permanent Cosmetic Parlor Permit 

Contact Information:

4815 West Markham,
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-661-2000

California

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For more information please visit:
• Tattooing, Permanent Cosmetics and Body Piercing: Standards for Sterilization, Sanitation and Safety (PDF) 
• Health and Safety Code 

Contact Information:

Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-558-1784 

Colorado

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For more information please visit:

• Rules and Regulations for Body Art Establishment (PDF)
• Business Licensing Database: Tattoo/Body Art Parlor 

Contact Information:

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

Connecticut

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information:
• The Connecticut Department of Public Health: Tattooist Information

Contact Information:

Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134

(860) 509-8000

Delaware

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information:
Delaware Division of Public Health Body Art Establishments 

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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information:
• Bureau of Community Environmental Health, Tattooing & Permanent Makeup

Contact Information:

Bureau of Community Environmental Health, HSEC,
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN A08, 
Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1710 

Phone: (850) 245-4277 

Georgia

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For Current Information:
• Licensing Contact: Department of Human Resources
• Most recent legislation: 
No information is reproduced here because the state of Georgia has elected to copyright and ban republishing of the legislative information in whole or in part without express written consent.Sections of note referenced in the
lexis-nexis or georgia law links below are: 
31-40-2: Permits 31-40-3/4: Revocation of permits 
31-40-5: Health Board rules for facilities 
31-40-6-7: Compliance enforcement 31-40-8: Public education 
31-40-9: Allowing more stringent local laws 
16-12-5: Indicating that it is unlawful to tattoo within an inch of the eye 
16-5-71: Indicating that it is unlawful to tattoo a minor.
• Other Law Resources: www.legis.state.ga.us

Microblading, Public Health and the Law

July 24th, by: Michael Hokanson

http://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/microblading-public-health-and-the-law/ 

Microblading is a trend that is increasing in popularity with people looking to modify their appearance. The process, also known as eyebrow embroidery, is a form of semi-permanent tattooing, using ink to alter the appearance of the eyebrows. A small, hand-held blade made up of multiple needles is used to create small, shallow tattoos that resemble the natural hair of a person’s eyebrow.

Hawaii

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information:
Hawaii’s Department of Health

Idaho

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information:
• 18-1523. Tattooing, branding and body piercing of minors

Illinois

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For more information please read: 
• PART 797 BODY ART CODE 



Laws & Resources


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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

Contact Information:

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

Iowa

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit:
• Iowa Department of Public Health Tattoo Program

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

Kansas

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information please visit:
• Kansas Board of Cosmetology 

Contact Information:

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

Kentucky

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

Contact Information:

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals

Physical Address:
628 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mailing:
P.O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629 
Phone: (225) 342-9500

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

Title 51 PUBLIC HEALTH – SANITARY CODE

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/sanitarian/fooddrug/PartXXVIII,Title51,L.A.C..pdf 

Title 51 PUBLIC HEALTH – SANITARY CODE
Part XXVIII. Commercial Body Art

Maine

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/10/144/144c211.doc 

Chapter 211: RULES RELATING TO MICROPIGMENTATION PRACTITIONERS
Maine Tattoo Policy PDF
Maine DHHS

SUMMARY: These rules require people who practice micropigmentation to obtain licenses and to show proof of meeting education and training standards and of providing the proper facilities to protect the public’s health and safety.


Contact Information:

Department of Health and Human Services
221 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 207-287-3707
Fax: 207-287-3005
TTY: 800-606-0215

Massachusetts

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

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

Body Art Establishment Application

Rev. 4 27 16

http://micropigmentation.org/images/regs/MA/Body art establishment application Rev. 4_27_16.pdf 

Boston Public Health Commission
Body Art Establishment Permit Application.
NOTE: Regulations are for Boston MA only, other cities have different requirements. Please be sure to contact the individual state’s Board of Health.

Body Art Guidelines

9 19 17

http://micropigmentation.org/images/regs/MA/Body Art Guidelines 9 19 2017.pdf 

GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION’S BODY ART REGULATIONS
NOTE: Regulations are for Boston MA only, other cities have different requirements. Please be sure to contact the individual state’s Board of Health.

Body Art Practitioner Application

4 6 16

http://micropigmentation.org/images/regs/MA/body art practitioner application Rev 4_6_16.pdf 

Boston Public Health Commission
Body Art Practitioner License Application. NOTE: Regulations are for Boston MA only, other cities have different requirements. Please be sure to contact the individual state’s Board of Health.

Minnesota

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information 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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information 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 

Missouri

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• http://pr.mo.gov/tattooing-forms-for-licensure.asp 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows: No person shall apply permanent cosmetics; use the title of permanent cosmetic practitioner unless he or she has obtained a license from the division. An application for a practitioner license shall be notarized, and accompanied by the appropriate fee and evidence of having successfully completed the following:

• A bloodborne pathogen training program or its equivalent which includes infectious disease control, waste disposal, hand-washing techniques, sterilization equipment operation and methods, and sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization methods and techniques; and
• First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
• An apprenticeship for a license in permanent cosmetics shall include at least one hundred documented hours of practical experience certified by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. The documented work shall be certified and supervised by a currently licensed Missouri practitioner with a minimum of five years’ experience and practice in permanent cosmetics. The supervising practitioner shall be present during all procedures performed by the apprentice….[more]http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills091/biltxt/intro/HB0425I.HTM

Montana

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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


MT FAQ’s for for
Tattooing, Cosmetic Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Ear Piercings



Contact Information:

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

Nebraska

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Body Art 

Contact Information:

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2117
FAX: (402) 471-3577

Nevada

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information



https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/body-art/body-art-card.php


https://www.washoecounty.us/health/files/ehs/regulations/ehs/IBD_Regs_2017-03-17.pdf


Permanent Makeup And Tattoo’s Are: NOT regulated by the state government.

Although the Department Of Health And Human Services and the Nevada Division Of Public And Behavioral Health oversees certain counties, there is 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 Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• New Hampshire Body Art Practitioner website
• New Hampshire Statutes: Chapter 314-A: Body Art

Contact Information:

LICENSING AND REGULATIVE SERVICES
Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Phone: (603) 271-0277

Fax: (603) 271-5590

Contact person: Connie Beliveau
E-mail: [email protected]

New Jersey

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information



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


•State Code: http://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/phss/bodyart.pdf
Contact Information:

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

New Mexico

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information 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

P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(505) 476-4690
Fax (505) 476-4665 

New York

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information 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 or 
Toll free (800)-458-1158, ext 2-7600

e-mail: [email protected]

North Carolina

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information 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
Fax: 919-715-4739

North Dakota

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• North Dakota Century Code and North Dakota Administrative Code pertaining to Tattoo and Body Art Facilities (PDF) 
• North Dakota Division of Food and Lodging 

Contact Information:

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

Ohio

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• Ohio Department of Health Tattoo and Body Piercing Services 

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

Oklahoma

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

Contact Information:
Consumer Protection Division
Contact: Tressa Madden, Director
1000 N.E. 10th Street
(405) 271-5243
FAX (405) 271-3458

Oregon

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 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 
Fax: (503) 585-9114
TTY: (503) 373-2114

Pennsylvania

Environmental Health Services

http://www.phila.gov/health//environment/tattoo.html 

Body Art/Tattoo/Piercing Program information and forms download.

Rhode Island

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• Rhode Island General Law §23-1-39 Tattooing and/or Body Piercing 
• Rhode Island General Law §11-9-15 Tattooing of Minors
• Rhode Island Rules and Regulations of Tattoo Artists and Tattoo Parlors (PDF)

Contact Information:

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

South Carolina

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 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

South Dakota

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• South Dakota Legislature – Administrative Rules: Tattoo & Body Peircing website

Tennessee

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

Permanent Makeup And Tattoo’s Are: Regulated by the state government.
Requirement And/Or Regulations Include: Oversight, licensing, facility inspection, and costs, handled by the https://www.tn.gov/content/tn.html 

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/regboards/cosmo/posts/Cosmo-FAQs-Microblading.pdf

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/Tattoo_law.pdf

Texas

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

http://micropigmentation.org/images/TattooBodyPiercingRules.pdf 

For the most current information visit:
• 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 78714-9347
(512) 834-6770

Utah

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 76-10-2201. Unlawful body piercing and tattooing of a minor — Penalties

For more information, please contact your local Health Department.

Vermont

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• Vermont Secretary of State – Office of Professional Regulations – Tattooists website 

Contact Information:

Office of Professional Regulation
National Life Bldg, North FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Phone: (802) 828-1505

Virginia

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 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: Board for Barbers and Cosmetology

Tattooing Regulations: Last Updated 10/1/2016

Board For Barbers and Cosmetology

http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedfiles/mainsite/content/boards/barbercosmo/a425regs_tattooing.pdf 

This booklet contains the information you will need to obtain your license. The law that governs your profession is found in the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, in Title 54.1, Chapter 7.

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:


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.



Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

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

Washington DC

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

Department of Health

West Virginia

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 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
Fax: (304) 558-1130

Wisconsin

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Tattoo and Body Piercing Inspection Report (PDF, 2.9 MB)

Wisconsin Statutes

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Division of Public Health
Food Safety and Recreational Licensing
PO Box 2659
Madison WI 53701-2659

Location Address:
Division of Public Health
Food Safety and Recreational Licensing
1 W Wilson Street, Room 150
Madison WI 53703

Telephone: 608-266-1562
Email: [email protected]

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

Permanent Cosmetics Legislation / Regulation Information

For the most current information visit:
• 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.