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Conventional and Cosmetic Tattooing

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Licensure and Permitting, State of Florida, Department of Health

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Effective January 1, 2012, the Department of Health (the Department) implemented sections 381.00771-381.00791, Florida Statutes, "The Practice of Tattooing". These statutes require licensure of tattoo artists and tattoo establishments, set forth educational requirements and standards of practice for conventional and cosmetic tattoo artists, and detail operational requirements for tattoo establishments. Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code, which became effective September 5, 2012 , details the statutory requirements for tattoo establishments and tattoo artists. It is recommended that tattoo establishment owners and operators as well as tattoo artists review the requirements of both the statute sections and the rule chapter to ensure compliance with requirements for both artists and establishments.

The statute also provides restrictions of tattooing of a minor child.  Additional information may be found at section 381.00787, Florida Statutes, - Tattooing prohibited; penalty.


The Department maintains inspection data for Tattoo establishments. 

Tattoo Establishment requirements

Tattoo Artist Licensure requirements

Tattoo Educational Course materials

Tattoo Frequently Asked Questions

Minor Consent Form

Black Henna (temporary tattoo)

Biomedical Waste Coordinators/Contacts