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Permit Requirements

To obtain a tattoo permit in the State of Iowa, the Artist must complete an application and provide documentation of the following:

  • Artist must be at least 18 years of age
  • Artist must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. (on-line diplomas will not be accepted)
  • Artist must complete Blood-borne Pathogen Training and Standard First-Aid Training

Along with the application, all artists are required to pay an annual, non-refundable fee of $75.00.  All permits expire on December 31 for the year issued.  If you allow your permit to lapse, there will be an additional $25 reinstatement fee.

To apply or renew online go to https://idph.iowa.gov/regulatory-programs/tattoo

Tattooing shall be practiced only in facilities that have a tattoo establishment permit.

For more information about the Tattoo Program, contact: Chelsea Stevens at (515) 281-5894
Tattoo Program | Iowa Department of Public Health | 321 E. 12th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319