How to Get a Tattoo License – Florida

To be a tattoo artist or permanent make up artist in Florida, you must have a Tattoo Artist License issued by the state of Florida. A license costs $60.

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You must renew your license every year with your local county health department. Renewal costs $60. If your license expires, you will also have to pay a $25 Reactivation fee. You cannot professionally tattoo without an active license from your local Florida department of health.

The Application

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In order to get a Tattoo Artist License, you must provide:

 A copy of a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

 Certificate of completion for the required Bloodborne Pathogen and Communicable   Diseases Course. Find approved courses here. Minimum of
 a 70% score is required.

Be prepared to pay the $60 licensure fee.

Please note that tattoo artist licensure is required to practice cosmetic tattooing.

*The Florida department of health requires you to list the licensed tattoo establishments where you will perform tattooing.

In order to get a Tattoo Artist License, you must provide:
  • A copy of a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Be prepared to pay the $60 licensure fee.

Please note that tattoo artist licensure is required to practice cosmetic tattooing.

*The Florida department of health requires you to list the licensed tattoo establishments where you will perform tattooing.

To renew a Florida Tattoo License:

Complete a Tattoo Artist License application (be sure to check “Renewal” at the top).

Be prepared to pay the $60 renewal fee.

To renew a Florida Tattoo License:
  • Be prepared to pay the $60 renewal fee.

Note:

Both the initial and renewal applications will require you to list the name of the licensed tattoo establishment where you will be working/tattooing.

Tattooing with an Out-of-State License/Working as a Guest Tattoo Artist:

Guest tattoo artists from out-of-state: your license is only valid for two weeks. Learn how to get your guest tattoo artist registration here

If your local county health department has additional regulations for tattoo artists, you can find them here

Turn in Your Application

You must submit your completed application in person at your local county Florida department of health where you live (not necessarily where the shop is). Find your local county department of health’s address here.

You can pay any fees via check, money order, or credit card while at the department of health.

Your application will be deemed complete or incomplete within 30 days of being received, and it will be processed within 90 days.

If You Are a Permanent Makeup Artist:

To be a permanent makeup artist licensed in Florida, you will need to fill out the same tattoo artist license. You will be required to take the same tattoo education course for preventing communicable diseases and submit proof of your Bloodborne Pathogens Certification.

If You Are Opening a Tattoo Shop:

To open a licensed tattoo establishment, you must do the following:

  • Complete the Application for Florida Tattoo Establishment License ($200 fee)
  • Pass inspection according to the Florida Administrative Code (find info about passing inspection here.)
  • Register as a business and contact your city/county for potential need for business tax receipt.
  • Complete the Biomedical Waste Permit ($85 fee)

All forms and payments go to the County Health Department where your business is located.

Prepare for a Tattooing Career with the Artist Accelerator Program

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Learning the steps you need to take to get licensed is an important step in your journey, but it can also be pretty eye-opening to how difficult tattooing can be. Without the right knowledge, it’s impossible to level up your skills and become a professional tattoo artist. 

However, finding the straight-forward information you need to progress is difficult. And with so much out there online, it’s hard to avoid picking up bad habits from incorrect and outdated resources.

This is one of the biggest struggles new tattooers face, and too many talented artists have given up their goal of getting into tattooing because of the years it would take to unlearn their bad habits. 

That’s why aspiring artists are learning to tattoo with the Artist Accelerator Program’s structured course. As a student, you learn every step of the tattooing process from professional artists with the experience and advice you need to build your skills and create incredible tattoos. 

With the Artist Accelerator, you can stop wasting time searching through incorrect information. You just get the clear, easy-to-understand lessons you need to start improving fast… along with support and personalized feedback from professional artists in our online Mastermind group.

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AUTHOR
Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain. When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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