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Microblading/Permanent Cosmetics

Contact the Tattooing Program

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Microblading/Permanent Cosmetics is considered as a form of tattooing in the state of Florida.   The practice of tattooing in Florida requires licensure as a tattoo artist and must occur in a licensed tattoo establishment. 

A Tattoo Artist License requires submission of the following to the local County Health Department having jurisdiction of the tattooing program where you live:

  • Completed Application for Tattoo Artist License
    • The Application must be completed with the name of the licensed tattoo establishment where the tattoo artist will perform tattooing or intends to perform tattooing.
    • $60 state fee - Additional local county fees may apply.  Contact the County Health Department where you live.
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID proving 18 years of age or older.
  • Certificate of Completion of a Department approved  bloodborne pathogens and communicable diseases course. (click link to access approved providers of the course;minimum of 70% score required) 

An Expired Tattoo Artist License requires submission of the following to the local County Health Department having jurisdiction of the tattooing program where you live:

  • Completed Application for Tattoo Artist License
    • $85 ($60 state fee and $25 reactivation fee) - Additional local county fees may apply.  Contact the local county health department where you live.
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A Tattoo Establishment License requires submission of the following items to the local County Health Department having jurisdiction of the tattooing program where your business is located:

The practice of Microblading/Permanent Cosmetics also requires a Biomedical Waste Generator’s Permit as biomedical waste is generated during the procedure (needles, blood contaminated ink and water cups, etc.)

  • $85 state fee - The application and $85 fee should be submitted in the same manner as that for a tattoo establishment license.
  • Contact city/county for potential need for business tax receipt.

All tattoo establishments must pass inspection in compliance with sections 381.00771-381.00791, Florida Statutes  "The Practice of Tattooing" and Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code

Guest Tattoo Artist Registration

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A Guest Tattoo Artist Registration is required for any tattoo artist who plans to tattoo in Florida and who also holds an active tattoo artist license, registration, or certification issued by a jurisdiction outside Florida. In addition, the tattoo artist is required to have completed a Bloodborne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases training that is comparable or exeeding those requirements specified in Rule 64E-28.006, Florida Administrative Code.

A Guest Tattoo Artist Registration requires the following:

  • Completed Application for Guest Tattoo Artist Registration. (170kb PDF) ($35).
    • The Application must be completed with the name of the licensed tattoo establishment where the tattoo artist will perform tattooing or intends to perform tattooing.
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID proving 18 years of age or older.
  • Proof of active license, registration, or certification outside of Florida
  • A copy of the certificate of training proving completion of the Tattooing Educational Course or proof that the requirement has been met for issuance of a license, registration, or certification in a jurisdiction outside of the state.

Review the Guest Tattoo Artist Registration Guide to ensure Florida will recognize your state’s tattoo artist license.  Submission of the wrong application will delay your licensure.  Guest registration is valid up to 14 consecutive days in Florida. 

If your state does not require a tattoo artist license registration or certification, you must apply for a Florida Tattoo Artist License. (167kb PDF)

**Tattoo Frequently Asked Questions**