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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.

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); and
  • pay the fee of $100 payable to "Treasurer, State of Minnesota."

If you change your supervisor, you must notify us by completing a Temporary Technician Supervisor Change Application (PDF) 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.

Supervised experience: Applicants issued a temporary license on or after January 1, 2017 must complete the following supervised practice.
  • To be licensed as a body art technician - piercer, you must complete 250 piercings under direct supervision and 250 piercings under indirect supervision.
  • To be licensed as a body art technician – tattooist, you must complete 200 hours of supervised tattooing (skin time only).

Applicants whose most recent temporary license was issued before January 1, 2017 must comply with the requirements in place at the time their license was issued. That is, they must show 200 hours of supervised practice in the area of tattoo and/or 200 hours in the area of piercing. If you have questions about how to count piercing time, please call 651-201-3731.

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 5-20 business days AFTER application paperwork is considered complete.

Updated Friday, December 30, 2016 at 02:26PM