How to Get a Tattoo License – Mississippi

The New York State Department is currently working on a statewide permit/license program, but for now you must follow local regulations. This guide will outline the requirements in New York City. For other areas, contact your local health department.

Mississippi body art by tattoo artist

Certificates of Registration expire yearly on May 31st. The cost of renewing your Certificate of Registration is $150.

Fees should be paid to the Mississippi Department of Health by certified check, cashier’s check, or money order.

The Application

Tattoo artists in Mississippi must have a Provisional Certificate of Registration (an apprentice-level license) and work under the direct supervision of someone with a Regular Certificate of Registration for at least 9 months before applying for a Regular Certificate of Registration from the Department of Public Health.

Apprentice License

To obtain a Provisional Certificate of Registration to work as a tattoo artist in the body art industry, you must submit:

Your completed, notarized tattoo artist license application (pages 6-7 here)

A copy of your driver's license or social security card

A passport style photo (guidelines here)

Application fee - $150

Proof that you have successfully completed any OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training course - this training verifies that you have proper training in preventing disease transmission (like hepatitis B) and are certified in first aid from the American Red Cross

Completed and signed supervisory agreement form (page 8 here)

To obtain a Provisional Certificate of Registration to work as a tattoo artist in the body art industry, you must submit:
  • Your completed, notarized tattoo artist license application (pages 6-7 here)
  •  A copy of your driver's license or social security card
  •  A passport style photo (guidelines here)
  • Application fee - $150
  • Proof that you have successfully completed any OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training course - this training verifies that you have proper training in preventing disease transmission (like hepatitis B) and are certified in first aid from the American Red Cross
  • Completed and signed supervisory agreement form (page 8 here)

Regular License

To obtain a Regular Certificate of Registration to work as a tattoo artist or in body piercing, you must complete the following tasks for licensing, according to Mississippi State Public Health regulations:

Complete a notarized application (pages 3-4 here)

Submit a copy of your driver's license or social security card

Complete and submit a passport style photo (copies are not accepted)

Pay the non refundable application fee - $150

Submit proof that you have successfully completed any OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training and understand the rules regarding safety, sanitation, and American Red Cross procedures

If your county has additional regulations, you can find them here.

To obtain a Regular Certificate of Registration to work as a tattoo artist or in body piercing, you must complete the following tasks for licensing, according to Mississippi State Public Health regulations:
  • If your county has additional regulations, you can find them here.
  • Submit a copy of your driver's license or social security card
  • Complete and submit a passport style photo (copies are not accepted)
  • Pay the non refundable application fee - $150

If your county has additional regulations, you can find them here.

If an artist wants to transfer their license from another state to become licensed in Mississippi, they must complete the steps listed above for the Regular Certificate of Registration, as well as the Verification of License/Registration form (page 5 here). 

No Provisional Certificate of Registration is needed first for a person who has held a valid license/registration in another state within the last 18 months.

Turn in Your Application

Mail application and fee to:
Mississippi State Department of Health
Professional Licensure - Tattoo & Body Piercing
Post Office Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215

Once you have submitted your tattoo artist license application according to the regulations above, completed the proper tattoo artist training, (and paid the appropriate fees), the Department of Health will schedule a health and safety site inspection of your tattoo and body art facilities in Mississippi. 

Once that is complete, you will receive licensing for your business. This will need to be renewed on a regular basis.

Things You Should Know:

It is a misdemeanor to tattoo a person under the age of 18 in Mississippi, regardless of parental consent. The penalty for tattooing a person who is underage varies depending on the frequency and severity of the violation but generally is punishable by the revocation of a license or other criminal prosecutions.

You can contact the state department of health for more information or view the list of site options below for more information on tattoo licensing and training course availability in Mississippi.

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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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