Tattoo licensing requirements vary depending on the state where one is looking to set up their business, with specific state requirements often being found on that state's Health Department website. For example, according to the Occupational Information Center in Iowa, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age with documented proof. He must also hold a high school diploma, and he must present evidence that he has completed blood-borne pathogens training.
The Occupational Information Center warns that, in Iowa, a person cannot lease, own, control or act as an agent of a tattoo business prior to submitting a formal application and obtaining a valid license from the Department of Public Health. The Washington State Department of Licensing states that a person must complete a Body Art, Body Piercing, Tattoo Artist, Permanent Cosmetic License, Renewal or Reinstatement Application to obtain a license. In Washington, a tattoo license is valid for one year, and it must be renewed annually.
In Oregon, all applicants are required by law to produce two original identification forms issued by a state or federal government agency of the United States of America at the time of the examination, according to the Oregon State Government. One form must be used for photo identification. On the same note, all applicants must complete and pass a written and skills assessment examination test. In most cases, a person who fails the written examination after one or more attempts must wait for at least seven days before re-sitting the exam, according to the Oregon State Government.