Body Art Licensing

Announcements
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


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 Health.BA@state.mn.us 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 erin.smilanich@state.mn.us 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Important! FDA Recall

FDA announces recall on certain tattoo inks and needles:

Complaint Information:

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Updated Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:26PM