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Body art licensure

Published (6/1/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Body art technicians and the places where they work will need to be licensed by the Department of Health beginning next year.

A new law sets licensing standards for tattoo artists and body piercers, as well as body art establishments. It also specifies health and safety rules for sites, equipment and procedures, including requiring the use of single-use needles and ink. The law sets grounds for granting temporary licensure, denying licensure and conducting an emergency closure of an establishment.

In a change from current law, no tattoos may be provided to people under age 18, regardless of parental consent. Most piercings are allowed.

Sponsored by Rep. Julie Bunn (DFL-Lake Elmo) and Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL-Duluth), the law does not supersede municipal policies that meet or exceed the laws standards. It takes effect July 1, 2010.

HF677/ SF525*/CH317

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