Body Art Licensing - MDH

Body Art Licensing

Body Art Regulation
Temporary Technician Information and Applications
Guest Technician Information and Applications
Full Technician Information and Applications
Establishment Information and Applications
Temporary Event Information and Applications
Consumer Information
Complaint Information
Current Body Art Licenses


2019 Minneapolis Tattoo Convention

The 2019 Minneapolis Tattoo Convention will be held January 11th - 13th 2019.

No Body Art applications or fees will be accepted at the Minneapolis Tattoo Convention. Applicants may submit their application materials and fees to MDH suite 220 at 85 E 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55101 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Guest Artist Application

New Applications Posted July 2017:

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2017 Legislation

The 2017 Minnesota Legislative session approved changes to the Body Art Program Chapter 146B. These statute changes will be effective July 1, 2017. The Department will provide updated information including application forms on Minnesota Department of Health, Body Art Program website before July 1, 2017. The Department will process the applications postmarked before July 1, 2017 according to the statutes of 2016.

Changes include: increases to existing application fees, new fees, and changes to application requirements.

**Updates Effective July 1, 2017 (PDF)**
See 2017 Amendments to 2016 Statutes under Body Art Regulatory Information below.

2016 Legislation

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.

Please note:

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.

Important! FDA Recall

FDA announces recall on certain tattoo inks and needles:

Gross Misdemeanor

Any individual performing body art without a valid license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Any individual performing tattoos to persons under the age of 18 is guilty of a gross misdemeanor (regardless of parental or guardian consent). If you are aware of individuals practicing without a license or tattooing minors, please complete a Minnesota Body Art Complaint Form (PDF) and mail it to us, or contact your local police.

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Body Art Regulatory Information:

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Guest Technician Information and Applications:

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Temporary Technician Information and Applications:

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Body Art Full Technician Information and Applications:

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Body Art Establishment Information and Applications:

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Body Art Temporary Event Information and Applications:

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Body Art Consumers:

If you are under the age of 18:

You CANNOT get a tattoo in Minnesota—even with the consent of your parent or guardian.

You MAY get a piercing, BUT you will need parent/guardian consent AND your parent/guardian must be present during the procedure. You CANNOT get the following, even with consent: nipple piercing, genital piercing, branding, scarification, suspension, subdermal implantation, microdermal, or tongue bifurcation.

Consumer Information:

Be an informed consumer. Make sure your tattooist or piercer is licensed by MDH, and make sure they are working in a licensed body art establishment.

MN body piercing regulation does not include the piercing of the outer perimeter or the lobe of the ear using a presterilized single-use stud-and-claps ear-piercing system. The single-use stud-and-claps ear-piercing system should not be used to pierce any part of the body besides the lobe of the ear.

MDH does not regulate temporary/henna tattoos. See Additives Used in Henna Tattoo Materials - Potential Health Concerns if you have questions regarding temporary tattoos or if you want instructions on how to report an adverse reaction to a temporary tattoo.

Current Body Art Licenses:

Current Body Art licenses in Excel spreadsheets available for download below:

*Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 146B.02, subdivision 9, an establishment located in a jurisdiction which has enacted an ordinance that either meets or exceeds the state statute is exempt from the state licensure requirement. However, regardless of the establishment location all technicians must be licensed. Currently, establishments in the following jurisdictions are exempt from the state licensure requirement for establishments: the Cities of Minneapolis, Maplewood, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka and New Hope; and the Counties of Anoka, Hennepin, and Steele.

Complaint Information

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Updated Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 09:31AM