Temporary (Apprentice) Body Art Technician Information

Minnesota Body Art Licensing Statutes

In order to become licensed as a temporary (apprentice) body art technician in Minnesota, you must seek out a currently licensed Minnesota Body Artist who is willing to supervise you for your temporary licensure period. Temporary licenses are NOT valid unless the listed supervisor is physically present. The Minnesota Department of Health will be analyzing and may deny any applications for temporary licensure with a supervisor who has listed 2 or more temporary technicians. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines supervision as: "the action or process of watching and directing what someone does or how something is done: the action or process of supervising someone or something." No body art procedures may be performed unless the supervising technician is present and actively supervising. The fee for a temporary license is $100 plus a $10 surcharge, for a total of $110.

To obtain a temporary (apprentice) technician license, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • identify a currently licensed MN Body Artist who in good standing, who will agree to supervise you for your temporary license period;
  • work at a currently licensed MN Body Art Establishment that is in good standing;
  • supply a copy of a current, legal ID showing proof of age;
  • complete the Temporary Technician Body Art License Application (PDF: 203KB/4 pages); and
  • pay the fee of $110 payable to "Treasurer, State of Minnesota."

If you change your supervisor, you must notify us by completing a Temporary Technician Supervisor Change Application (PDF: 198KB/3 pages) with the signature of your new supervisor. If your original temporary license has not expired, you do not need to pay an additional fee for this change.

Please note: In order to become licensed as a body art technician in Minnesota, you must complete 200 hours of experience as a temporary technician under the supervision of a current State of Minnesota licensed body art technician and in a body art establishment that is currently licensed by the governing authority.

  • For tattooist, at least 150 of these hours MUST be skin time.
  • For piercers, you MUST have at least 250 piercings before applying.
  • To apply for a full dual license by working under supervision, you must document 200 hours/150 hours of skin time in tattooing AND 200 hours/250 piercings, for a total of 400 hours.

Length of Licensure: Temporary technician licenses are valid for one year. Currently Minnesota Statute allows for one renewal per discipline (piercing, tattoo).

Processing Time: Up to 5 business days AFTER application paperwork is considered complete.

Updated Wednesday, 11-Jun-2014 16:17:32 CDT