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Regulations for micropigmentation generally fall under the category of body art (tattoos) and differ from locale to locale.  Start by checking the regulations specific to the state where you plan to practice.  Once you have determined that you meet state regulations, continue by checking the county and city regulations.

Alabama’s State Resource:

Alabama Department of Public Health 
Division of Food, Milk, and Lodging
The RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1250
Montgomery, AL 36104 
Phone: (334) 206-5300 or (800) ALA-1818


Alaska’s State Resource:

Division of Environmental Health, Food, Safety & Sanitation Program

P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Phone: (907) 465-2547

Arizona’s State Resource:

Arizona Public Health

The state of Arizona doesn’t appear to have state level regulations at this time.  Please be sure to check city and county regulations.  

Arkansas’ State Resource:

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W. Markham Street – Slot 46
Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: (501) 661-2171

California’s State Resource:

California state body art regulations are detailed in the Safe Body Art Act within the California Health and Safety Code.  Regulations are enforced at the County level of government. 

Los Angeles Department of Public Health

Phone: (626) 430-5570

Colorado State Resource Link: 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver , CO 80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2700

Connecticut State Resource Link:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134

(860) 509-8000

Delaware State Resource Link:

Delaware Division of Public Health

Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street
Jesse Cooper Building
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-1220

The State of Delaware licenses Body Art Establishments (not Artists).  Permanent Makeup Artists must practice out of a licensed establishment.

Florida State Resource Link:

Florida Department of Health

Bureau of Community Environmental Health, HSEC,
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN A08, 
Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1710 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (850) 245-4277

Georgia State Resource Link:

Georgia Department of Public Health

2 Peachtree Street, NW
15th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3186

Telephone: 404-657-2700


Hawaii State Resource Link: 

Hawaii Department of Health

Phone: 808-586-4400

Idaho State Resource Link: 

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Licensing & Certification

Telephone: 208-364-1959

Email: [email protected]


Illinois State Resource Link:

Illinois Department of Public Health

IDPH Springfield Headquarters Office
525-535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL  62761
IDPH Chicago Headquarters Offices
122 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th and 20th Floors
Chicago, IL  60603
69 W. Washington Street, 35th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

The state of Illinois requires both a permanent makeup and body art establishment license.  PMU (including microblading) must be certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Indiana State Resource Link:

Indiana State Department of Public Health

Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 233-1325 

Iowa State Resource Link:

Iowa State Department of Health

Phone: (515) 281-7726

Kansas State Resource Link:

Kansas Board of Cosmetology

714 SW Jackson Suite 100,
Topeka, Kansas 66603 
Phone: (785) 296-3155
Email: [email protected]


Kentucky State Resource Link:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of the Secretary
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621 

Phone: 1-800-372-2973

Works in conjunction with County Board of Health.

Louisiana State Resource Link:

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals

628 North 4th Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: (225) 342-9500

Maine State Resource Link:

Maine Division of Environmental and Community Health

109 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: (207) 287-3707

Fax: (207) 387-3005


Maryland State Resource Link:

Maryland Department of Labor 

Phone: (410) 230-6192

Massachusetts State Resource Link: 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

Michigan State Resource Link: 

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

333 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 335-8165

Email: [email protected]

Minnesota State Resource Link:

Minnesota Department of Health

625 Robert St. N., St Paul, MN 55164

Phone: (651) 201-3770

Email: [email protected]

Mississippi State Resource:

Mississippi State Department of Health

570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, MS 39216

Phone: (601) 576-7400

Email: [email protected]

Missouri State Resource Link:

Missouri Division of Professional Registration 

3605 Missouri Blvd., P.O. Box 1335, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Phone: (573) 526-8288

Email: [email protected]

Montana State Resource Link:

Montana Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: (406) 444-2089

Email: [email protected]

Nebraska State Resource Link:

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

301 Centennial Mall South 14th & M Streets, 1st Floor Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 471-2127

Email: [email protected]

Nevada State Resource:

Department of Health & Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)

727 Fairview Drive, STE D. Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: (775) 687-7533

Fax: (776) 687-7551

Southern Nevada Health District 

Phone: (702) 759-0677

Email: [email protected]

New Hampshire State Resource Link:

New Hampshire Office of Licensure and Certification

Must apprentice with a licensed Artist for at least three years.

7 Eagle Square, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 271-2152

New Jersey State Resource Link:

New Jersey Department of Health

Phone: (609) 826-4935

Fax: (609) 826-4992

Email: [email protected]

Learn more about PMU in the state of New Jersey here.

New York State Resource Link:

New York Department of Health 

160 W. 100th Street, New York, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 639-9675

North Caroline State Resources:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 

5605 Six Fords Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 707-5854

Fax: (919) 845-3972

North Dakota State Resources: 

North Dakota Department of Health

600 East Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505-0200

Phone: (701) 328-2372

Ohio State Resource Link:

Ohio Department of Health

Phone: (614) 644-7455

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Oklahoma State Resource Link:

Oklahoma Department of Health 

1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Phone: (405) 271-5243

Fax: (405) 271-5286

Email: [email protected]

Oregon State Resource Link:

Oregon Public Health Division

500 Summer Street, NE, E-20
Salem, OR 97301-1097

Phone:  (503) 947-2340

Fax: (503) 947-5461

Email: [email protected]


Pennsylvania State Resource Link:

Pennsylvania Department of Health

There are currently no state level health regulations in Pennsylvania.  PMU Artists must meet the requirements of the local Board of Health where they will conducting business.  Services are not allowed in salons.

625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Rhode Island State Resource Link:

State of Rhode Island Department of Health 

Need a license for Tattoo Artist and also for Tattoo Parlor.

3 Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 222-5960

South Carolina State Resource Link:

The Department of Health and Environmental Control 

Tattooing – The Department of Health and Environmental Control must establish by regulation sterilization, sanitation, and safety standards for persons engaged in the business of tattooing. The department must provide the necessary resources to support the development of these standards. The standards must be directed at establishment and maintenance of sterile conditions and safe disposal of instruments. The standards may be modified in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act as appropriate to protect consumers from transmission of contagious diseases through cross-contamination of instruments and supplies.

2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (803) 898-3432

Email: [email protected]

South Dakota State Resource Link: 

South Dakota Department of Health

600 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-2536

Phone: (605) 773-3361 or 1(800) -738-2301 

Email: [email protected]

Tennessee State Resource Link:

Tennessee Department of Health

710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 741-8402

Email: [email protected]

Texas State Resource Link:

Texas Department of State Health Services

1100 West 49th Street 
Austin, Texas 78756-3199

Phone: (512) 834-6727

Email: [email protected]

Utah State Resource Link: 

Utah Department of Health

288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Phone: (801) 538-6003

Vermont State Resource Link:

Vermont Secretary of the State 

Must complete 60 hour minimum training at a state approved training course.

Phone: (802) 863-7200 or (800) 464-4343

Fax: (802) 865-7754

Virginia State Resource Link:

DPOR Board for Barbers and Cosmetology 

Virginia recognizes two separate licenses: “Permanent Cosmetic Tattooer License” and ” Master Permanent Cosmetic Tattooer License”.  See web site for more details.

9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond VA 23233

Phone: (804) 367-8509

Fax: (866) 245-9693

Email: [email protected] 

Washington State Resource Link: 

Washington Department of Licensing

Phone: (360) 664-6660

Email: [email protected]

Washington, DC Resource Link: 

Board of Barber and Cosmetology

1100 4th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (866) 270-9817

Fax: (202) 403-3446

Email: [email protected]

West Virginia State Resource Link:

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Local County and/or Board of Health will typically have additional requirements.

350 Capitol Street, Room 313
Charleston, WV 25301-3713

Phone: (304) 558-2981     

Fax: (304) 558-1071     

Wisconsin State Resource Link:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Separate licenses for Artist and Establishment.

4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

Phone: (608) 266-2112

Fax: (608) 251-3036

Email: [email protected]

Wyoming State Resource Link: 

Wyoming Department of Health

401 Hathaway Building
CheyenneWY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-6340

Fax: (307) 777-8264

The AAM provides this information for educational purposes.  US state regulations are subject to change and modification.  The AAM does not warrant the accuracy or status of either the statutes or regulations and does not constitute legal advice.  Please review regulations for your locale directly with the applicable governing body.