Full Body Art Technician Licensing Information

Minnesota Body Art Licensing Statutes

If you are licensed in another state, you may qualify for licensure by reciprocity. If you 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;
  • complete 200 hours of supervised experience as a temporary technician in each area (piercing or tattooing) in which you are seeking licensure;
  • complete the Body Art Technician License Application (PDF);
  • submit a log of at least 200 supervised hours of body art procedures;
  • 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 (taken in the last year) in bloodborne pathogens, prevention of disease transmission, infection control, and aseptic technique;
  • if you have ever had a license, certification, or registration in another jurisdiction, have that jurisdiction mail directly to the Minnesota Department of Health a completed Body Art Licensing Verification of Credential Form (PDF); and
  • pay the fee of $100 payable to "Treasurer, State of Minnesota."

Supervised experience

Physical presence of supervisor: Your supervisor must be physically present when you are performing body art procedures. Procedures performed without the physical presence of your supervise are illegal practice.

200 hours of experience: Only body art procedures count toward your 200 hours of supervised experience. This means that you must be working directly with a client, preparing to work with a client, or cleaning up after working with a client. The following activities qualify when done in connection with a specific client:

  • Scrubbing your hands, wrists and other areas of your body as necessary before and after performing a body art procedure.
  • Cleaning the client’s skin where the body art work will occur.
  • Setting up your work area.
  • Breaking down your work area.
  • Consulting with the client, including discussing the work they want done, advising them about risks, completing the consent form, and providing after-care information.
  • Preparing a flash drawing according to the wishes of a particular client.
  • Performing piercing or tattooing.
  • Sterilization or appropriate disposal of the instruments and materials used during your procedure.

The following activities are not body art procedures and do not qualify:

  • cleaning the shop,
  • answering phones,
  • autoclaving that does not include instruments or materials that you have used,
  • research,
  • watching videos,
  • observations,
  • running errands, or
  • organizing the shop.

In addition, as a matter of safety self-tattoos and self-piercings do not qualify.

If you have a question whether or not a certain activity will count towards your 200 hours, call us and ask. If you have questions about how to count piercing time, please call 651-201-3724.

Due to the concerns about the safety of body art clients, time in excess of 8 hours per day will not be counted towards the 200 supervised hours required to qualify for a full license.

Log: Your log MUST contain the date of the procedure, a description of the procedure, the name and phone number of the client, the amount of time the procedure took, and your supervisor's initials.

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.

Updated Friday, March 04, 2016 at 05:16PM