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
Current Body Art Licenses
2018 Minneapolis Tattoo Convention
The 2018 Minneapolis Tattoo Convention will be held January 5th - 7th 2018.
If you are applying for Guest Artist License to participate in Minneapolis Tattoo Convention 2018, please contact Villain Arts at 215-423-4780 or email them at email@example.com.
Due to the high volume of applications anticipated for this event, the Body Art Program requests applicants to apply for guest licenses well in advance, and preferably by December 18, 2017. Please note, it will not be possible to process the applications received by our office after December 29th, 2017.
In order to ensure that you receive your Guest Artist License for this event, please submit an application as soon as possible.
New Applications Posted July 2017:
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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 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.
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.
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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.
- Body Art Licensing Statutes
- 2017 Amendments to 2016 Statutes
- Minnesota Body Art Regulation Brochure (PDF)
- Body Art Related Links
- Contact Us
- If you want to become a Temporary Technician
- Temporary Technician License Application 2017 (PDF)
- If you need to renew your Temporary Technician license
- Renew Temporary Technician License Application 2017 (PDF)
- Temporary Technician Supervisor Change Application (PDF)
- If you want to become a Full licensed Technician
- If you are licensed in another state and want to become a MN Full licensed Technician (reciprocity)
- Full Technician License Application 2017 (PDF)
- Body Art Licensing Verification of Credential Form 2017 (PDF)
- Bloodborne Pathogen Training Information - UPDATED JULY 2017
- If you want to become a supervisor to a Temporary or Guest Technician
- Address/Employer Change Form (PDF)
- Establishment Renewals
- If you want to open a Body Art establishment
- Body Art Establishment Application 2017 (PDF)
- Body Art Establishment Inspection Checklist (PDF)
- Body Art Establishment Exemption Application (PDF)
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.
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 in Excel spreadsheets available for download below:
- Licensed Establishments (Excel)
- Exempt Establishments (Excel)
- Licensed Technicians (Excel)
- Temporary Licensed Technicians (Excel)
- Licensed Guest Artist (Excel)
- Temporary Event Permit
- Disciplinary Actions
- Body Art Related Links
- Contact Us
*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.