Washington Licensing Overview for a Tattoo Artist

Licensing for a tattoo artist in Washington is controlled by the Washington State Department of Health.

General Guidelines for a Tattoo Artist in Washington

Specific requirements to perform tattoo services can generally be used as a guideline, but with body art services, many of the licensing regulations are determined by local 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 county 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?

Be at least 18 years old.
Have a current bloodborne pathogens certificate. To find a bloodborne pathogen training course search online for local or internet-based blood borne pathogen training providers.

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

Washington State Department of 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.