Full Body Art Technician Licensing Information
2016 legislation amended several Body Art statutes. The amendments add definitions of direct and indirect supervision; require that technicians receive 60 days notice prior to license expiration; change requirements for proof of age; enact requirements for proof of identification for parents or guardians of minors requesting piercing; and make changes to requirements for individuals seeking full licensure, including:
- Requiring five hours of bloodborne pathogen training
- Requiring 200 hours of tattoo experience for licensure.
- Requiring 250 piercings under direct supervision and 250 piercings under indirect supervision for licensure.
After July 1, 2016, applicants for licensure as a piercer must show a minimum of 250 piercings under direct supervision and 250 piercings under indirect supervision. Direct supervision means that the supervisor is within five feet and the line of sight of the temporary licensee. Indirect supervision means that the licensed technician is physically present in the establishment.
After July 1, 2016, applicants for licensure as a tattooist must show 200 hours of supervised tattooing. Activities relating to tattooing which previously counted toward the 200 hours will no longer count toward those hours.
These new requirement do not apply to applicants who apply for licensure by reciprocity.
These new requirements will also not be applied to applicants who were issued their most recent temporary body art license prior to July 1, 2016. Applicants who were issued their most recent temporary body art license prior to July 1, 2016 need to submit only 200 hours of supervised experience in the area in which they are seeking licensure.
If you are licensed in another state, you may qualify for licensure by reciprocity. If you do not qualify for licensure by reciprocity, you must follow the instructions below to become licensed.
To obtain a full technician license, you must:
- be 18 years of age or older;
- apply for and be licensed as a temporary technician;
- for piercing, complete 250 piercings under direct supervision and 250 piercings under indirect supervision.*
- for tattooing, complete 200 hours of supervised tattooing (skin time only).*
- complete the Body Art Technician License Application 2017 (PDF);
- submit a log of supervised body art procedures in each area you are seeking licensure;
- submit a signed letter statement from your supervisor that they supervised you during your temporary license period;
- submit a copy of a current, legal ID showing proof of age;
- submit a copy of current course certification in bloodborne pathogens (taken in the last year) in bloodborne pathogens, prevention of disease transmission, infection control, and aseptic technique;
- If you have been licensed or certified in another state or jurisdiction you must request to have a verification of your credential to be sent to you in a sealed/unopened envelope. Please note that only applicants who have been licensed in another state of jurisdiction are required to include this verification of credential form. Body Art Licensing Verification of Credential Form 2017 (PDF)
- pay the fee of $420 payable to "Treasurer, State of Minnesota." (Effective July 1, 2017)
* Applicants whose most recent temporary license was issued before July 1, 2016 need to complete only 200 hours of supervised practice in the area in the area of tattooing and/or 200 hours in the area of piercing.
Length of Licensure: Full technician licenses are valid for up to two years. All full technician licenses expire on March 31st. The first renewal fee will be a prorated amount based upon the month your license was issued.
Processing Time: Up to 30 days AFTER application paperwork is considered complete.