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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. "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 Technicians Licensure List

Body Art Establishments 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 Application

Provisional Body Art License Application

Body Art Establishment Exemption License 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.


Body art technicians must have a state-issued license to perform either tattooing or piercing. This includes permanent cosmetic tattooing.

As of August 1, 2013, performing body art without a license is a gross misdemeanor.

Download applications from the MN Dept. of Health website at Body Art Licensing. 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.

Temporary Licenses

Supervision - Temporary Licenses are NOT valid unless the supervisor listed on the temporary application is present. The Minnesota Department of Health may deny any applications for temporary licensure when the listed supervisor already has 2 or more temporary technicians. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines supervision as: "the action or process of watching and directing what someone does or how something is done: the action or process of supervising someone or something." No body art procedures may be performed unless the supervising technician is present and actively supervising.

Hours - Due to concerns about the safety of body art clients, time in excess of 8 hours per day will not be counted toward the 200 supervised hours required to qualify for a full license.

Tattooing - At least 150 of the 200 supervised hours must be skin time. Autoclaving, flash drawing, client consultations, set-ups, and tear-downs may make up the additional hours.

PiercingAfter May 1, 2014, licensed temporary piercers will need to log and perform a minimum of 250 supervised piercings before they can seek a full piercing license .

Review the Minnesota Body Art Regulation brochure

Gross Misdemeanor

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 146B.03, Sub. 11, effective August 1, 2013, any individual performing body art without a valid license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. If you are aware of an individual practicing without a license, please complete a Minnesota Body Art Complaint Form and mail it to MDH, or contact your local police.



Initial technician license - $100

Temporary Technician license - $100 

Initial dual technician license - $100

Renewal of technician license - $100

Guest artist license - $50

Penalty fee for late submission for renewal applications - $75


Application for Exemption from State Establishment License: No fee

Establishment license: $1,000

Temporary event establishment permit: $75

Period of Issuance:


Temporary technician license: Annual

Technician license or 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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