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Tattoo Artist Licensure

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Tattoo Artist Licensure is required for:

  • Persons who tattoo the body of another human
  • Persons who practice cosmetic tattooing, permanent make-up, microblading, or micropigmentation
  • Students/apprentices who tattoo other humans as part of their tattoo training
  • Tattoo or permanent makeup artist licensed outside of Florida

A Tattoo Artist License requires the following:

(NOTE: Before applying for the Tattoo Artist License, please contact your local County Health Department for current information concerning the fee and correct mailing address.)

**License must be in county where artist lives in regardless of area of work.**

Where to send required items:

Submit your completed application to the local County Health Department where you reside.  You may pay by personal check, money order or credit card. It is not recommended that you send cash through the mail. Contact your local County Health Department for any further payment information.

Expired License:

An expired Tattoo Artist License requires the following:

  • Completed Application for Tattoo Artist License ($60 renewal fee and $25 reactivation fee for a total of $85) must be issued by the county where artist lives, regardless of area of work.

Guest Tattoo Artist Registration

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 Pathogen and Communicable Diseases training that is comparable or exceeding those requirements specified in Chapter 64E-28.006, Florida Administrative Code. 

A Guest Tattoo Artist Registration Guide is available for tattoo artists from outside Florida.  This guide will assist tattoo artist from outside Florida with the Guest Tattoo Artist Registration process.  You may access this guide using the following link: Guest Tattoo Artist Registration Guide. (<1 mb PDF)

A Guest Tattoo Registration requires the following:

  • Completed Application for Guest Tattoo Artist Registration. (<1 mb PDF) ($35).
    • The completed Application must contain the name of the licensed tattoo establishment where the tattoo artist will perform tattooing or intends to perform tattooing.
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of active license,registration, or certification outside of Florida
  • Documentation of completed tattoo Education Course (at least 70% score) unless license is issued by a jurisdiction recognized as having educational requirements which meet or exceeds the requirements of section 381.0075, Florida Statutes.

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. (<1 mb PDF)

**Tattoo Frequently Asked Questions**