Tattoo Certifications

By Alexa Milano
November 26, 2012


  • There are currently no state health regulations on tattooing in Pennsylvania, however, there are city regulations
  • However, performing a tattoo on a person under the age of 18 without the consent of their parent or legal guardian is considered a misdemeanor and, if convicted, could be sentenced to pay a $100 fine or three months in prison or both
  • Philadelphia:
    • Tattoo artists in Philadelphia must obtain a Body Artist Certificate from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to legally practice
    • If you can provide legal documentation of full time employment as a tattoo artist prior to 2002, you do not have to complete an apprenticeship training program
    • You have to apprentice under a Philadelphia Certified Body Artist for three years
    • Must complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training


New Jersey:


New York:

  • Must take an infection control course and pass an exam
  • Must obtain a permit from the New York State Department of Health
  • Must display the permit in a visible location within the studio
  • Licenses are valid for two years

Alexa Milano

Junior communications major, marketing minor at Cabrini College. News editor of The Loquitur, President of the Campus Activities and Programming (CAP) Board, student ambassador. Enjoys napping and being productive all at the same time; irony at its finest.

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