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

June 30, 2010

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.