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Body Art Technician Licenses

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) administers licensing for body art technicians. "Body art" or "body art procedures" means physical body adornment using, but not limited to, tattooing and body piercing. "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


Body Art Program

Health Occupations Program

Body Art Technicians Licensure List

Body Art Establishments List

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) operates programs for disease prevention and control, health promotion, family and community health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers and facilities.


Minn. Stats. 146B.01


Body Art Fees

Minnesota Body Art Establishment License

Minnesota Body Art Establishment Exemption Application

Guest Artist Application

Minnesota Body Art Technician Application

Body Art Licensing Verification of Credential Form

Minnesota Body Art Temporary Establishment Event Permit Application

Temporary Body Art Technician License Application

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


As of January 1, 2011, body art technicians must have a state-issued license to perform either tattooing or piercing. This includes permanent cosmetic tattooing. Download applications from the MN Dept. of Health website at Body Art Applications.

The packets will include one technician licensure application. Body art establishment owners may copy the technician application if there is more than one technician in their establishment. NOTE: each technician must submit their own application for licensure.

Review the Minnesota Body Art Regulation brochure.



Initial technician license - $110 including surcharge

Temporary technician license - $110 including surcharge 

Initial piercing technician license - $110 including surcharge

Initial dual technician license - $110 including surcharge

Renewal of technician license - $110 including surcharge

Temporary guest artist license - $55 including surcharge


Application for Exemption from State Establishment License: No fee

Provisional establishment license: $1,100 including surcharge

Establishment license: $1,100 including surcharge

Temporary establishment permit: $75

Penalty fee for late submission for renewal applications - $75

Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:


Temporary technician license: Annual

Initial technician license / Initial piercing technician license / Initial dual technician license / Renewal of technician license: Biennial

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


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.

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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