How to Get a North Dakota Tattoo License

Individuals do not need a license to perform tattoos in North Dakota, but tattoos may only be performed in licensed tattoo shops.

North Dakota body art by tattoo artist

The city of Fargo is the only city with a tattoo license application, which you can find here or on page 22 here. The annual license fee is $200.

Requirements for North Dakota Tattoo Artists

While individuals do not require a tattoo artist license, all tattoo operators must be 18 years of age and are required to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B within 30 days of beginning work in a tattoo shop (unless they can prove they’ve been previously vaccinated, have antibody testing to prove immunity, or the vaccine is declined for medical reasons). 

Tattoo operators also need to be certified in CPR.

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

Note:

It is highly recommended that all tattoo artists, permanent makeup artists, and body piercing professionals go through bloodborne pathogen training before offering any body art services.

Requirements for Licensed Body Art Establishments

Body art facilities are required to display their license in a prominent location. 

The annual license fee is $110. 

The license to run a body art establishment cannot be transferred from one person to another.

If you’re remodeling a body art establishment (or creating a new one), you have to submit a scale drawing and floor plan to the department.

All walls, floors, ceilings, and procedure surfaces must be non-porous and kept clean.

You must keep out pests, rodents, etc. (consider public health)

Each artist needs a space that can be partitioned off from the rest of the shop for privacy for the client.

All body art establishments must be well ventilated and well-lit.

No animals except for service animals or fish tanks in the waiting room.

Must have hand sinks with hot and cold water, as well as a toilet.

Lidded trash cans have to be at every artist’s station and in the bathroom. They must be emptied daily and disposed of safely to protect environmental health.

All instruments have to be kept in clean, dry, and covered containers

Wash any reusable cloth items with bleach.

  • If you’re remodeling a body art establishment (or creating a new one), you have to submit a scale drawing and floor plan to the department.
  • All walls, floors, ceilings, and procedure surfaces must be non-porous and kept clean.
  • You must keep out pests, rodents, etc. (consider public health)
  • Each artist needs a space that can be partitioned off from the rest of the shop for privacy for the client.
  • All body art establishments must be well ventilated and well-lit.
  • No animals except for service animals or fish tanks in the waiting room.
  • Must have hand sinks with hot and cold water, as well as a toilet.
  • Lidded trash cans have to be at every artist’s station and in the bathroom. They must be emptied daily and disposed of safely to protect environmental health. 
  • All instruments have to be kept in clean, dry, and covered containers
  • Wash any reusable cloth items with bleach.

To see a full explanation of each requirement, visit page 4 of this document.

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examples of students own tattoo

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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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