Tattoo Artist

Department of Public Health


A tattoo artist and permanent color technologist examines a patron\'s skin surface to be tattooed for any evidence of skin infection; prepares the area to be tattooed by applying an antiseptic approved by the Department of Public Health, using sterile cotton or sterile gauze; applies a sterile dressing to the tattooed area after the tattooing is complete; provides the patron with printed instructions regarding tattoo care during the healing process, and instructs patron to consult a physician if signs and symptoms of an infection develop. He or she must also verify that individual requesting a tattoo is not a minor.

Code Citation IC, Chapter 135.37; IAC 641--22

Who Applies A person wishing to engage in the art of tattooing, permanent makeup and/or microblading.

When To Apply An interested party must apply for a permit prior to practicing tattooing, permanent makeup or microblading.

Initial Requirements The tattoo artist permit requires the following: 1. Completed application 2. Completion of High School diploma or G.E.D. 3. Completion of Bloodborne Pathogen and Standard First Aid course 4. Proof of age. Photocopy of Driver\'s License or Birth Certificate is acceptable.

Duration Permits are valid for one year and expire on December 31 of each year.

Processing Time The Department will act upon applications within 60 days of receiving an application.

Fee Structure Nonrefundable fee of $75.

Renewal Requirements Bloodborne Pathogen and Standard First Aid certifications must be current upon renewal.

Exam No exam is required.

Additional Information None.

Services Provided

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Contact Information
Kane Young
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319