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Conventional and Cosmetic Tattooing

Florida Department of Health in Columbia County Environmental Health

Program Description 

Effective January 1, 2012, the Department of Health (the department) implemented sections 381.00771-381.00791, Florida Statutes (F.S.), The Practice of Tattooing. These statutes require licensure of tattoo artists and tattoo establishments, and also set forth educational requirements and standards of practice for conventional and cosmetic tattoo artists, and operational requirements for tattoo establishments. Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), which became effective September 5, 2012 , details the statutory requirements for tattoo establishments and tattoo artists. It is recommended that tattoo establishment owners and operators as well as tattoo artists review the requirements of both the statute sections and the rule chapter to ensure compliance with requirements for both artists and establishments.

As of January 1, 2012, the conditions required by section 877.04, F.S., that required any person who tattooed in Florida to either be licensed as, or work under the "general supervision" of, a Medical Doctor, a Doctor of Osteopathy, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, or a Doctor of Medical Dentistry is no longer required due to implementation of sections 381.00771-381.00791, F.S.

For more information on this program, contact the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County at (352) 334-7930 or write to:

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
ATTN: BMW Coordinator
224 SE 24th Street
Gainesville, FL 32656