Iowa Licensing Overview for a Tattoo Artist

Licensing for a tattoo artist in Iowa is controlled by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

General Guidelines for a Tattoo Artist in Iowa

Specific requirements to perform tattoo artist services can generally be used as a guideline, but with body art services, many of the licensing regulations are determined by the county laws. Tattoo artists, microblading and other permanent cosmetic services become public health and safety concerns, which can be regulated by both the state and county. For example, some states may have a Safe Body Art Act to maintain standards, but then each locality has different fees and qualifications to prove training and experience.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?

Tattoo artist

General requirements for a tattoo artist license?

• High school diploma or GED
• Proof of bloodborne pathogen training completion
• AHA First Aid Training
• Completed application

What’s the state licensing site for a tattoo artist?

Iowa Department of Public Health

What are some training programs available for a tattoo artist?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

What are fees associated with licensing?

Check with local governing body for updated details.