Licensing for body art, tattoo, and body piercing starts July 1


by Christine Anthony

Tattoo and body artists and body piercers across the state can begin applying for their industry’s new professional licenses starting this month.

The Legislature directed DOL to create a tattoo, body piercing, and body art licensing program in 2009 as a measure to protect public health. The law requires tattoo artists, body piercers, and permanent makeup cosmetic technicians to get and maintain a state license. Business establishments where these services are offered also must obtain a license.

The new regulations and licensing information are posted on the Department of Licensing website at www.dol.wa.gov/business/tattoo.

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