How to Get a Tattoo License – Oklahoma

All persons performing tattooing in Oklahoma must be licensed. A standard license costs $250. A temporary license costs $50.

Licenses must be renewed annually from the date they are issued. For example, if you got your tattoo artist license on April 4 2021, you need to renew it by April 4, 2022. Renewing a license costs $250. If you are trying to renew it 30 days after it has expired, the cost is $350.

Tattoo Apprentice Application 

If you will be going through a tattoo apprenticeship in Oklahoma, you will need to fill out the following forms:

Apprentice Sponsor Application (Your apprentice sponsor will fill this out; they must be licensed)

After a year as an apprentice, you can fill out the Apprentice to Full Artist Application.

If you will be going through a tattoo apprenticeship in Oklahoma, you will need to fill out the following forms:

Tattoo Artist Application

If you are moving from another state or received training outside of Oklahoma, you will fill out a tattoo artist application. To get a tattoo license in Oklahoma, you must submit the following:

A complete license application.

A notarized copy of any state or federally issued ID. (Find a notary near you.)

Proof of two years of licensed experience OR proof of completion of an approved tattoo apprenticeship. (Find apprenticeship program information here.)

Current First Aid training certificate.

Current CPR training certificate.

If you are moving from another state or received training outside of Oklahoma, you will fill out a tattoo artist application. To get a tattoo license in Oklahoma, you must submit the following:
  • A notarized copy of any state or federally issued ID. (Find a notary near you.)
  • A notarized copy of your birth certificate.
  • Proof of two years of licensed experience OR proof of completion of an approved tattoo apprenticeship. (Find apprenticeship program information here.)

Find the full list of BBP, first aid, and CPR training requirements here

After submitting the necessary paperwork, you will be mailed a Test Letter. You must then schedule a test, and receive a score of 70% or higher. There is a $200 testing fee.

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

Oklahoma recognizes artist licenses from other states, but proof must be provided (i.e. copy of licensure, tax records).

Temporary Tattoo Artist Application

If you will be tattooing in Oklahoma for a short period of time (like a tattoo convention), you can get a temporary tattoo license here.

Turn in Your Application

All paperwork and documentation should be sent to:

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Consumer Protection Division
PO Box 268815
OKC, OK 73126-8815

You will receive your license approximately 30 days after your payment has been posted.

Things You Should Know:

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.

It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Additional rules and regulations can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions can be found here 
Links

https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing.html
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/how-to-get-a-tattoo-or-body-piercing-artist-license.html
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/fee-schedule.html
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/how-to-get-a-tattoo-or-body-piercing-artist-license.html
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/annual-training-requirements.html
https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/health/map/county_map.php
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/frequently-asked-questions.html
https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/CPD-OS%20Title%2021%20Section%20842.1%20et%20seq.pdf
https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/health/health2/documents/ols-affidavit-of-lawful-presence.pdf
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/apprenticeship-information.html
https://www.redcross.org/local/oklahoma/take-a-class/cpr-oklahoma-city-ok
https://www.redcross.org/local/oklahoma/take-a-class/first-aid
Bloodborne pathogen training course / infectious diseases course https://courseforbbp.com/states/OK#:~:text=Course%20For%20Bloodborne%20Pathogens%20provides,potentially%20infectious%20materials%20(OPIM)                        
https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/health/health2/aem-documents/protective-health/consumer-health-services/forms/cpd-body-piercing-tattoo-regular-license-application.pdf                   
https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/health/health2/aem-documents/protective-health/consumer-health-services/tattoo-and-body-piercing/cpd-body-piercing-tattoo-regular-license-application.pdf 
https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/health/health2/documents/ols-affidavit-of-lawful-presence.pdf 
https://oklahoma.gov/content/dam/ok/en/health/health2/aem-documents/protective-health/consumer-health-services/forms/ols-affidavit-of-lawful-presence.pdf 
https://oklahoma.gov/health/protective-health/consumer-health-service/body-piercing-and-tattooing/tattoo-applications-and-forms.html

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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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