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In this series, we talk about how you can become a top microblading artist.

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Now that you’ve set your sights on microblading, here’s the next question: do you need a license to become a microblading artist?

The short answer is: it depends.

Microblading is governed by state regulations. In some cases, counties also add to statutes made by a state. We’ve compiled a list of links and resources on microblading licensing for each state in the country. Click on the name of your state to be redirected.

Disclaimer: This article is meant as a location guide to information about microblading licensing. Information provided on this page does not constitute legal advice. Microblading Training Academy does not guarantee the accuracy of information regarding laws and regulations, which are always subject to change.

Preparing for your license

When it comes to getting ready to get your license, here are important guidelines to remember:

  1. This is your first test. Being a microblading artist means being a stickler for rules and regulations. After all, we can’t afford to mess up a client’s face. The same goes for licenses. In fact, if you can’t bother to fix something as crucial as a license, then how is that an assurance that you can be responsible for your clients’ safety?
  2. Do your own research. Certainly, there are plenty guides online for microblading licensing. However, laws vary from one state to another. You’ll need to confirm licensing information on your own, and (of course) file the paperwork to get your license in order.
  3. Get your license ready early on. Trust us, it’ll make things easier. Depending where you’re from, microblading training schools might ask you for a license before you can enroll. And, obviously, you’ll need a license before you can operate. So, get a head start now, and get your license ready.

Microblading licensing by state

Alabama Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Alaska Iowa Nevada South Dakota
Arizona Kansas New Hampshire Tennessee
Arkansas Kentucky New Jersey Texas
California Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Colorado Maine New York Vermont
Connecticut Maryland North Carolina Virginia
Delaware Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania
Illinois Montana Rhode Island

Alabama

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.adph.org/foodsafety/index.asp?ID=1138

Other Resources:
http://www.adph.org/foodsafety/assets/BodyArtRules2007.pdf

Alaska

Oversight Body:
https://dec.alaska.gov/eh/fss/public-facilities/body-art/

Licensing:
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofBarbersHairdressers/ApplicationsForms/TattooingBodyPiercing.aspx

Arizona

*Only a business license is required by the state.

Licensing:
https://boc.az.gov/licensing

Other Resources:
http://www.azleg.gov/ars/13/03721.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/body_art/stateregs/az.html

Arkansas

Oversight Body:
http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Licensing:
http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/tattoBodyArt/Pages/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.aspx
http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/Pages/certsLicensesPermits.aspx

Other Resources:
http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/aboutADH/RulesRegs/Tattoos.pdf

California

Oversight Body:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

Licensing:
*Must be licensed with your county

Other Resources:
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/AreasofInterest/bodyart.htm
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0251-0300/ab_300_bill_20110310_amended_asm_v98.html

Colorado

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/tattoo-and-piercing-body-art

Other Resources:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Rules%20and%20Regulations%20for%20Body%20Art%20Establishments.pdf

Connecticut

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389612

Other Resources:
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=557534

Delaware

Oversight Body:
http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/bodyart.html

Licensing:
http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/files/baplanrev.pdf

Other Resources:
http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/february2015/final/18%20DE%20Reg%20645%2002-01-15.htm

Florida

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/tattooing/tattoo-artist.html

Other Resources:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/tattooing/tattoo-establishment.html
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/tattooing/index.html

Georgia

*Cannot tattoo within an inch of the eye socket.

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-31/chapter-40

Hawaii

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://health.hawaii.gov/san/tattoo-lists/

Other Resources:
https://health.hawaii.gov/opppd/files/2015/06/11-17.pdf
https://health.hawaii.gov/san/files/2016/06/tatprofinal2017.pdf

Idaho

*Limited regulations for tattoo/permanent cosmetics. Please reach out to the Idaho Department of Health.

Other Resources:
http://legislature.search.idaho.gov/search?IW_FIELD_TEXT=tattoo&IW_DATABASE=*
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title18/t18ch15/sect18-1523/

Illinois

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700797sections.html

Other Resources:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2818&ChapAct=410%C2%A0ILCS%C2%A054/&ChapterID=35&ChapterName=PUBLIC%20HEALTH&ActName=Tattoo%20and%20Body%20Piercing%20Establishment%20Registration%20Act.

Indiana

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.in.gov/isdh/20182.htm

Other Resources:
http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/2016QuickFact_Tattoo.pdf
http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/Tattoos_and_Body_Piercing_in_Indiana_FAQs(2)_June26_2015.pdf

Iowa

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo/iowa-code

Other Resources:
https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo
https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo/artists
https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo/establishments
https://idph.iowa.gov/tattoo/resources

Kansas

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.kansas.gov/kboc/BodyArt.htm

Other Resources:
http://www.kansas.gov/kboc/BAStatsandRegs.htm

Kentucky

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://chfs.ky.gov/News/Documents/nrtattoo.pdf

Other Resources:
https://legislature.ky.gov/Law/Statutes/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/902/045/065.htm

Louisana

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/622

Maine

Oversight Body:
http://www.maine.gov/search?q=tattoo&as_sitesearch=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maine.gov%2Fdhhs%2F&site=test_collection&output=xml_no_dtd&client=test_collection&proxystylesheet=test_collection

Additional Certification Required:
http://www.micropigmentation.org/

Other Resources:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/el/business/business-answers-tattoos.htm

Maryland

*Permanent cosmetics is prohibited from being performed in salons

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.everytattoo.com/marylandlaw.shtml

Other Resources:
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/09/09.22.02.03.htm

Massachusetts

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/environmental-health/comm-sanitation/body-art-body-piercing-tattooing-and.html

Other Resources:
http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/hd/regulations/board-policies/body-piercing-and-tatooing-advisory.html

Michigan

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71551_27716_73975—,00.html

Other Resources:
http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71551_27716_73975_73976_74165-219486–,00.html

Minnesota

Oversight Body:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/providers/bodyart/docs/babrochure.pdf

Licensing:
http://health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/hop/tattoo/brochure.html

Other Resources:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/providers/bodyart/bodyartlinks.html

Mississippi

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,880,82,60,pdf/880.pdf

Missouri

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/4csr/4csr.asp#4-267

Other Resources:
http://pr.mo.gov/tattooing.asp
http://pr.mo.gov/boards/tattooing/faq.pdf

Montana

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/FCSS/BodyArt

Other Resources:
https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/publichealth/documents/FCS/ARMforprinting-mainbody.pdf

Nebraska

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/Cosmetology.pdf

Nevada

*Regulated by each county

New Hampshire

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/products/licertocc/documents/bodyart.pdf

Other Resources:
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XXX/314-A/314-A-1.htm

New Jersey

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.state.nj.us/health/ceohs/documents/phss/bodyart.pdf

Additional Certification Required:
http://www.micropigmentation.org/

Other Resources:
http://www.state.nj.us/health/ceohs/sanitation-safety/general-sanitation/#1

New Mexico

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.rld.state.nm.us/uploads/files/BA%20Rules.pdf

Other Resources:
http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/body-art-practitioners-faqs.aspx

New York

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://www.health.ny.gov/community/body_art/

North Carolina

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/faf/pti/tattoos.htm

North Dakota

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.ndhealth.gov/foodlodging/pdf/tattoo_regs.pdf

Other Resources:
https://deq.nd.gov/Publications/WM/AGuideToUnderstandingNorthDakotasInfectiousWasteRegulations.pdf

Ohio

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/body-art-program/welcome-to-body-art

Other Resources:
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3701-9

Oklahoma

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://www.ok.gov/health/Protective_Health/Consumer_Health_Service/Medical_Micropigmentation/

Other Resources:
https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/234act%2010-2003Entire%20lawdoc.pdf

Oregon

Oversight Body:
http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/HLO/Pages/Board-Body-Art-Practitioners-Tattoo-Artists-Information.aspx

Licensing:
http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/hlo/pages/index.aspx

Other Resources:
http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/HLO/Pages/Board-Body-Art-Practitioners.aspx

Pennsylvania

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billnbr=0645&pn=0707

Rhode Island

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/7034.pdf

South Carolina

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://scdhec.gov/health-regulation/tattoo-and-piercing-regulations/tattoo-facilities/tattoo-facility-licensing-info

Other Resources:

http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/FHPF/HealthFacilityRegulationsLicensing/HealthcareFacilityLicensing/TanningTattooPiercingFacilities/TattooAndPiercingRegulations/TattooFacilities/TattooFacilityLicensingInfo/

South Dakota

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://sdlegislature.gov/rules/DisplayRule.aspx?Rule=44%3A12

Tennessee

Oversight Body:
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/eh/eh-programs/eh-tattoo.html
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/Tattoo_law.pdf

Texas

Oversight Body:
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/tattoo-piercing/

Licensing:
http://www.dshs.texas.gov/tattoo-piercing/licensing.aspx

Utah

*Regulated by each county

Vermont

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/tattooists-body-piercers.aspx

Other Resources:
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/frequently-asked-questions.aspx
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/188908/updated-infection-control-practices-3.pdf

Virginia

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/BarberCosmo/A425REGS_Tattooing.pdf

Washington

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/tattoo/tattoolicense.html

West Virginia

Oversight Body & Licensing:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/phs/other/Tattoo.asp

Wisconsin

Oversight Body & Licensing:
https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/RulesStatutes/TattooBodyPiercing.aspx

Other Resources:
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/statutes/statutes/463

Wyoming

Limited regulations. Please reach out to the Wyoming Department of Health.

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