Every state in the United States has different requirements when it comes to getting a tattoo license. Some states do not require a license, but you must be registered with a tattoo shop in your area. (In every state, tattoo shops must be licensed, even if the individual artists do not have to be.)
Additionally, each county, district, parish, etc. will have its own rules (or lack of rules) as well.Click your state below to find a clear to-do list of how to apply for or renew a tattoo license in each U.S. state. We’ll also point out where you can look for your county or town’s additional application requirements.
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Tattoo License Transfer and Travel
If you have a license and are moving to another state, your license does not automatically transfer. In general, for states that do not require training (and only require BBP certification and photo ID) you will need to apply for a new license in that state.
If you have a license and are moving to another state whose laws do require training hours, then you can show proof of your training hours in an apprenticeship or similar training to get those hours to transfer.
If you did not need training hours in your previous state to receive a license and have been working as a licensed tattoo artist, you may be able to waive the training hours requirement. Whether this is approved is on a case-by-case basis, and you will need to call the department of health in your new state or county.For tattoo artists who will be in a different state temporarily, you may need to apply for a temporary license. Remember to call each state’s department of health before you visit or do a guest spot.