License Minnesota

Body Art Establishment

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) administers licensing for body art establishments. "Body art" or "body art procedures" means physical body adornment using, but not limited to, tattooing and body piercing. "Tattooing" includes micropigmentation and cosmetic tattooing. "Body art establishment" means any structure or venue, whether permanent, temporary, or mobile, where body art is performed.

Agency contact information:

Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 201-5000 | (888) 345-0823 (MN toll free)
Health Occupations Program
Health Occupations Program | P.O. Box 64882 | St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 | (651) 201-3731
Body Art Program
Body Art Licensing | P.O. Box 64882 | St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Contact Info:
(651) 201-3770


Minnesota Department of Health

Body Art Program

Health Occupations Program

Body Art Establishments List

Body Art Technicians Licensure List

The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.


Minn. Stats. 146B.01


Body Art Establishment License 

Provisional Body Art Establishment License Application

Body Art Establishment Exemption Application

Body Art Technician Application 

Temporary Body Art Technician License Application

Body Art Licensing Verification of Credential Form

Guest Artist Application

Body Art Temporary Event Permit Application 

Complaint Form

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Health website at Body Art Licensing.


A body art establishment must be licensed. If the body art establishment is licensed by a municipal or county agency, it may be exempt from the state requirement. The establishment owner/operator must complete and return either an application for licensure or an application for exemption from licensure.

All initial establishment licenses are issued as "PROVISIONAL". That status will remain in effect until the establishment has been inspected and approved by MDH staff. To help you prepare for inspection, refer to the Body Art Establishment Inspection Checklist. (NOTE: This form is subject to change.) During the inspection the inspector will note any deficiencies. The establishment will have a specified period of time within which to correct the deficiency. Failure to correct a deficiency may result in shutdown of the establishment.

Review the Minnesota Body Art Regulation brochure.


Application for Exemption from State Establishment License: No fee

Establishment license: $1,000
Temporary event permit: $75

Penalty fee for late submission of renewal applications - $75


Initial technician license - $100 

Temporary technician license - $100

Technician license - $100

Guest artist license - $50

Penalty fee for late submission of renewal applications - $75

Period of Issuance:


Establishment license: 3 years

Temporary establishment permit: Effective no more than 21 days

Provisional establishment licenses: Expire when the establishment license is issued. During the provisional period, MDH will conduct an inspection. When MDH determines the establishment meets the license requirements, a regular establishment license will be issued at no additional fee.


Temporary technician license: Annual

Technician license or renewal of technician license: Biennial

Temporary guest artist license: Effective for no more than 30 days.

Length of Determination Process:

Contact the MN Dept. of Health for further details.

Other Pertinent Information:

As of July 1, 2010, a person under the age of 18 CANNOT get a tattoo in Minnesota—even with consent of their parent or guardian.

As of July 1, 2010, a person under the age of 18 MAY get a piercing. BUT, the person will need parental/guardian consent AND the parent/guardian MUST be present during the procedure. A person under the age of 18 CANNOT get the following, even with consent: nipple piercing, genital piercing, branding, scarification, suspension, subdermal implantation, microdermal, or tongue bifurcation.

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