How to Get a Tattoo License – Georgia

To become a tattoo artist in Georgia, you must get a body art license from your local Environmental Health Office.

The Georgia Department of Health does not currently list the application or renewal fee.

cosmetic tattoos - Tanner L Pratt

To become a tattoo artist in Georgia, you must get a body art license from your local Environmental Health Office.

The Georgia Department of Health does not currently list the application or renewal fee.

Body Art License Requirements

To obtain a Body Art license from the Georgia Department of Health, you must send the following documents to your local Environmental Health Office via mail:

A completed Body Art License Application and applicable fee (you have to call your county office to get the application and find out how much the fee is for your area)

Certificates of successful completion of OSHA Basic First Aid, OSHA Blood borne Pathogens/Universal Precautions, and in-person CPR trainings - you must have a passing grade of 70%.

A copy of your photo ID (you must be 18 or older)

Pay all applicable fees.

To obtain a Body Art license from the Georgia Department of Health, you must send the following documents to your local Environmental Health Office via mail:

  • A completed Body Art License Application and applicable fee (you have to call your county office to get the application and find out how much the fee is for your area)
  •  Photocopies of 2 Forms of IDCertificates of successful completion of OSHA Basic First Aid, OSHA Blood borne Pathogens/Universal Precautions, and in-person CPR trainings - you must have a passing grade of 70%.
  • A copy of your photo ID (you must be 18 or older)
  • Pay all applicable fees.

Every body art artist also has to pass a Departmental Body Art Exam. You will schedule your exam with your local Environmental Health Office.

Find out how to contact your county about specific requirements here, and contact your local Environmental Health contacts here

Artists are required to display their license in body art establishments for customers to see.

Note:

Currently, Georgia does not require each individual artist to have the Hepatitis B vaccination. However, this is standard in most states and highly recommended by public health officials.

Body Piercing, Permanent Makeup, and Other Physical Body Adornment:

woman with body piercings

Georgia defines all of the following as “body art procedures”: tattooing, piercing, permanent cosmetics, scarification, and branding.

Any type of body artist must apply for a body artist license, and complete the same training courses.

Body Art Studio Permit Requirements

If you want to open your own tattoo shop, you’ll have to get a body art studio permit. Send the following to your county’s Environmental Health Office via mail:

  • A complete Body Art Establishment Permit Application and pay applicable fees (you have to call your county office to get the application and find out how much the fee is for your area)
  • A list with the names of everyone who works in your body art studio, as well as a description of their duties.
  • 3 (or more) copies of a detailed floor plan of your studio (minimum 8 ½” by 11”, drawn to scale)
  • A completed Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application.

District 4 is responsible for doing regular inspections of body art studios and making sure its health practices comply with Georgia’s rules and regulations. 

Your studio cannot perform tattoo removal unless there is a licensed and trained physician doing it.

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examples of students own tattoo

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. 

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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. 

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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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