Body Art Licensing


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Body Art Public Meeting

This meeting is to discuss possible changes to Minnesota’s body art statutes. Please email erin.smilanich@state.mn.us with any questions.

RSVP:
Please email erin.smilanich@state.mn.us by Friday, May 2, 2014 if you plan to attend this meeting.

Date, Time, and Location:
Monday, May 12, 2014, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Minnesota Humanities Event Center
The Commons
987 Ivy Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Temporary Licenses

  • Supervision. Temporary Licenses are NOT valid unless in the presence of the listed supervisor. The Minnesota Department of Health will be analyzing  and may deny any applications for temporary licensure with a supervisor that 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.
  • Hours. Due to concerns about the safety of body art clients, time in excess of 8 hours per day will not be counted toward the 200 supervised hours required to qualify for a full license.
  • Piercing. After May 1, 2014, licensed temporary piercers will need to log and perform a minimum of 250 supervised piercings before they can seek a full piercing license.

Gross Misdemeanor

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 146B.03, Subdivision 11, effective August 1, 2013, any individual performing body art without a valid license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. If you are aware of an individual practicing without a license, please complete a Minnesota Body Art Complaint Form (PDF: 32 KB/4 pages) and mail it to us, or contact your local police.


Information for:

If you want to perform body art in Minnesota

If you are a body art technician

If you own/operate an establishment

If you are a body art consumer

If a potential body art consumer is a minor/under 18

If you would like to file a complaint

If you want to contact us

Important Links

If you want to perform body art in Minnesota:

Beginning January 1, 2011, individuals performing body art in Minnesota are required to have a current Minnesota body art technician license and have to perform work out of a licensed body art establishment. Body art includes tattooing and piercing. Application of permanent cosmetics is considered tattooing.

If you are a body art technician:

Information for all body art technicians:

Licensed body art technicians who are supervising temporary body art technicians must notify the Minnesota Department of Health in writing if they discontinue supervision. Notifications should include the date the change became effective. If a temporary body art technician wishes to change or add additional supervisors, they must complete a Body Art Temporary Technician Supervisor Change Application (PDF: 3 pp/198 KB). There is no additional fee to change or add supervisors. Please be advised, if you are currently under investigation by our department, disciplinary action MAY include the inability to supervise or apprentice any technician for a period of time. If discipline is imposed, any hours worked by a temporary technician after the date discipline is imposed will not be applied toward the 200 supervised hours.

Body art technicians and establishments must notify the Minnesota Department of Health in writing of address, phone number, email, and employment changes. Notifications should include the date the change(s) became effective.

Written notifications can be mailed to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Attn: Body Art Licensing
PO Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
or emailed to:
health.ba@state.mn.us
or faxed to:
651-201-3839

Supervising Technicians:

Temporary Licenses are NOT valid unless in the presence of the listed supervisor. The Minnesota Department of Health will be analyzing  and may deny any applications for temporary licensure with a supervisor that 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 done unless the supervising technician is present and actively supervising.

3/31/14 Technician Renewal Information:

If you are now expired and need to renew your technician license, you will need to contact us at (651) 201-3770 or at health.ba@state.mn.us to receive your renewal application. Pursuant to MN Statute 146B.03, it is illegal to practice or use protected titles after your license expires and may be grounds for discipline. Also, pursuant to MN Statute 146B.03, Subdivision 11, any body art service perform while unlicensed can be punishable as a gross misdemeanor. (NOTE: A received renewal application does NOT equal licensure.)

If you own/operate an establishment:

As of January 1, 2011, your establishment must be licensed. If your establishment is licensed by a municipal or county agency, it may be exempt from the state requirement. Currently, establishments in the following jurisdictions are exempt from the state licensure requirement for establishments: the Cities of Bloomington and Minneapolis; and the Counties of Anoka, Hennepin, and Steele.

As an establishment owner/operator, you MUST complete and return either an application for licensure or an application for exemption from licensure.

Download applications from: Body Art Licensing Applications and Fees.

All initial establishment MDH licenses are issued as "PROVISIONAL". That status will remain in effect until your establishment has been inspected and approved by MDH staff. To help you prepare for your inspection, please refer to the Body Art Establishment Inspection Checklist (PDF: 2 pp/180 KB). (NOTE: This form is subject to change.) During the inspection process, the inspector will note any deficiencies in your establishment and you will be given a specified period of time in which to correct the deficiency. Failure to correct a deficiency may result in the shutdown of your establishment.

  • Storage of contaminated waste must not exceed the overflow level of any container; and
  • The fees for the initial and the three-year renewal licenses for establishments are each $1,000 plus applicable surcharges.

If you are a body art consumer:

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. A list of MDH licensed tattoo and piercing technicians and MDH licensed body art establishments will be posted on this site and updated on a regular basis. Some body art establishments are licensed by certain cities and counties, and a list of establishments exempt from MDH licensure is also posted on this site. You can also call 651-201-3731 or email health.hop@state.mn.us to inquire as to whether or not a body artist and/or establishment is licensed.

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.

If you are under the age of 18:

As of July 1, 2010, you CANNOT get a tattoo in Minnesota—even with consent of your parent or guardian.

As of July 1, 2010, you MAY get a piercing. BUT, you will need parental/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.

If you would like to file a complaint:

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 146B.03, Subdivision 11, effective August 1, 2013, any individual performing body art without a valid license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. If you are aware of an individual practicing without a license, please complete a Minnesota Body Art Complaint Form (PDF: 32 KB/4 pages) and mail it to us, or contact your local police.

If you would like to file a complaint against a Body Art Establishment and/or a Body Art Technician (this includes permanent make-up artists, tattooists and piercers), download and complete the Minnesota Body Art Complaint Form (PDF: 32 KB/4 pages).

Mail the completed complaint form to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Health Occupations Program
PO Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882

If you’re concerned about a situation and would like to talk with us before deciding whether to file a complaint, please call 651-201-3728.

You can also call 651-201-3731 or email health.hop@state.mn.us to inquire whether an artist is licensed or to have a complaint form sent to you.

If you want to contact us:

Any licensing questions: call 651-201-3770 or email health.ba@state.mn.us.

Mail correspondence to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Health Occupations Programs
PO Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882

If you use a courier service or overnight mail, please send to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Health Occupations Program
85 E Seventh Place, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101

NOTE: There is no walk-up service.

Fax number: 651-201-3839.

If you’re concerned about a situation and would like to talk with us before deciding whether to file a complaint, please call 651-201-3728.

General information: call 651-201-3731 or email health.hop@state.mn.us.

Updated Wednesday, 16-Apr-2014 08:40:47 CDT