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Tattoo Artist Licensure

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Effective January 1, 2013, any unlicensed person engaged in tattooing will be subject to administrative penalties.

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Who is required to have a license?

  • Persons who tattoo the body of another human
  • Persons who practice cosmetic tattooing, permanent make-up, 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:

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

* Submit your completed application to your local county health department Tattoo Coordinator. 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.

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 in 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. A guest tattoo license requires the following:

  • Completed Application for Guest Tattoo Artist Registration ($35)
  • 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 Courses (at least 70% score) or Florida Department of Health approved substitute course

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.