Body Art Licensing

Body Art Regulation
Guest & Temporary/Apprentice Technician Information and Applications
Full Technician Information and Applications
Establishment Information and Applications
Temporary Event Information and Applications
Consumer Information


Renewal notice letters for Body Art Technicians whose license will expire on 3/31/2016 will be sent out by 1/15/2016.  If you have not received your renewal notice by 1/22/2016, please contact Body Art Licensing at 651-201-3724 or

Starting March 1, 2015 MDH will no longer accept online Bloodborne Pathogen Training from American Heart Association or Red Cross. These classes require additional site specific training that MDH cannot verify is being conducted. These classes are also not testing participants at the conclusion of the training. MDH wants to ensure all technicians are receiving the best educational experiences available to them, while keeping the safety of their consumers in mind. If you have any questions, you can email

Body Art–Public Meetings (updated 9/23/2014)

Thank you to all who participated in our public body art meetings. We have compiled all of your discussion statements:

Please feel free to email with any comments, questions or concerns. We look forward to working together in moving Minnesota to the forefront of safety in the Body Art Community!

Important! FDA Recall

FDA announces recall on certain tattoo inks and needles:

Establishment Renewals

Renewal applications were mailed on June 12, 2014 to the establishments expiring on 9/30/2014. If you have not received your renewal application yet, please contact Erin at 651-201-3770 or at to have a copy of your renewal application forwarded to you.

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.

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.

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Body Art Regulatory Information:

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Body Art Guest & 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.

Last update of all Body Art licenses in Excel spreadsheets available for download below: April 18, 2016

*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.

Important! FDA Recall

FDA announces recall on certain tattoo inks and needles:

Complaint Information:

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Updated Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:48AM