In order to become a tattoo artist in Colorado, there are certain requirements that you must meet.
In this article, we’ll break down:
Colorado Body Art Regulations
There is no requirement for any state license or certification. You will need to check with your county’s health department for any local requirements - many require tattoo artists to be licensed by their county.
This guide will refer to registration requirements in Denver County only, where a license is required.
In Denver County, you can only obtain a Body Artist License if you are currently working at a licensed body artist establishment or a licensed body art mobile vehicle. A license costs $25. You can also obtain a temporary body artist permit for trade shows and seminars.
The license must be renewed annually from the date they are issued. Renewal costs $25. To renew your Body Art License, you can sign into Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center here. You can renew your license as early as 90 days before it expires. (You should receive an email that your renewal period has started.)
All fees can be paid via credit card through Denver’s Permitting and Licensing Center’s portal.
In order to get a Body Art License in Denver County, you will need:
Bloodborne Pathogens Training
This training will teach you how to safely and sanitarily handle your client's blood for safe and sanitary practice, as well as how to protect yourself from exposure to bloodborne diseases.
Without this training, you could put yourself and your clients at risk of serious illness or even death. Many approved bloodborne pathogen courses also include a first aid certification and training on how to handle equipment and supplies properly for safety practices.
Create an Application Account
Create an account in the Licensing Center. Make sure you pick an email and password you will keep track of because you’ll return to this login to renew your license.
Go to the “Business, Short-Term Rental, and Occupational Licensing” section and click on “Apply New.” On the next page, click the bubble next to “Body Artist License.”
There will be a few qualifying questions on the next page (yes or no questions).
Submit Forms and Identification
On the next pages of the application, you will fill out your name, contact information, and agree to terms and conditions. You will also be asked to upload:
Pay the Application Fee
You can pay the $50 ($25 application fee, $25 license fee) via credit card or using a routing number from your bank account.
Watch Your Email
It takes about 7 days for the office to approve your application. If they need any additional information from you, they will email you at the address you provided. If they do not and you are approved, you’ll get a temporary badge emailed to you so you can start tattooing at a licensed body art establishment right away.
Once your badge is printed and ready, it will either be mailed to you or you can go and pick it up (you’ll specify which option you want when you submit your forms and identification).
Renewing a Permit for Body Art in Denver
Go Into Your Account
Visit your account in the Licensing Center. Here you’ll be able to choose the option to renew your license.
Pay the $25 Renewal Fee
Take an Approved Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course
You will probably need to take a bloodborne pathogens course each time you renew to stay up to date with your training. You’ll then provide an OSHA Complaint Bloodborne Pathogen Training Certificate (must be valid and taken within the last twelve months).
Receiving Your Renewed Licensing
When your renewal is approved, a new expiration sticker for the year will be mailed to you. Place this sticker over the previous year’s on the back of your badge.
Additional Regulations for Body Art in Colorado
If your county has additional regulations, you can find them here.
Things You Should Know:
It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of age without consent from a parent or legal guardian. Tattooing a minor without consent can result in a $250 fine per offense.
It is illegal to tattoo inside a home.
Approved infection control course : https://abovetraining.com/bloodborne-pathogens/colorado/denver-city-and-county https://courseforbbp.com/states/CO
How to apply for a body art license: https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Agencies-Departments-Offices/Agencies-Departments-Offices-Directory/Business-Licensing/Business-Licenses/Online-Training-Videos/Body-Artist-Online-Applications
Tattoo artist license: https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Business-Licensing/Business-Licenses/Body-Artist
Disease prevention Hepatitis B vaccination info: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/services/hepatitis-b
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