Kentucky does not require a state license to be a tattoo artist. Instead, you must register with the local health department in the county you will be tattooing in. Most of the information below is for the most populated county, Jefferson County.
Kentucky tattoo artist registration is valid for one year. Registration costs vary by county. (Find your local department of health and applications here.)
The Louisville Metro Local Health Department has a $100 registration fee. The rest of this article will refer to this area only.
The rules below are the same for body and ear piercers.
Registration for Tattoo, Body Piercing, and Ear Piercing
Fill out an Application and Pay the License Fee
To register as a tattoo artist in Kentucky, you will need a photo ID and a completed application (you will get the application from your local health department or on their website).
Click here for the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness form. (This form applies to body piercing, tattoo artists, and temporary workstations.)
You’ll also be required to pay a fee, probably around $100. However if you’re planning to tattoo and provide body piercing, you will have to pay the fees for both ($200).
Applications vary by county health department, but Kentucky state law requires that all tattoo artists complete an OSHA-compliant bloodborne pathogens course.
Regulations for Individual Local Health Departments
If your county has additional regulations, you can find them here.
Tattoo and Body Piercing Studios
You can find the regulations for tattoo studios and tattoo artists working in them here. Annual inspection fee is $400+ and the certification must be renewed yearly before December 31. Your shop will be inspected by a public health professional from the county health department.You can find the regulations for body piercing studios, body piercers, and ear piercers here. Annual inspection fee for a body piercing establishment is $400+. If you only provide ear piercing, inspection is $200+. The certification must be renewed yearly before December 31.
Things You Should Know:
It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 without written and notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian.
Find more Tattoo Laws here.Find more Tattoo Regulations here.
infection control course for body art industry : https://www.bloodbornepathogentraining.com
Disease prevention course https://blxtraining.com/tattoopiercing-bbp/
Body Art License Application: Body Artist Certification Application (wufoo.com)
For further assistance finding hepatitis B vaccine: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/services/hepatitis-b
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