Effective 5/14/2020: All occupational and professional licenses which would have expired in the period after 3/15/2020 have been extended and will remain valid without late fee or penalty until fourteen (14) days following the termination of the Governor of Oklahoma’s COVID-19 emergency executive order. More details here.
Guidance to assist tattoo and body-piercing establishments reopening to the public after restrictions from the Governor's Executive Order are lifted. Tattoo establishments may reopen on May 1st.
Please check with your local municipality for rules related to reopening, as they may have additional requirements.
Tattoo and Body Piercing Program
The mission of the Tattoo and Body Piercing Program is to establish procedures and standards to prevent infection and the transmission of disease.
All persons performing tattooing and/or body piercing in Oklahoma must be licensed in the State of Oklahoma, operate out of a licensed shop, and must maintain current training certification in Bloodborne pathogen, First Aid, and CPR.
How do I...?
- Apply for a Tattoo or Body Piercing Artist License
- Apply for a Temporary Tattoo or Body Piercing License
- Apply to the Tattoo or Body Piercing Apprentice Program
- Apply for a Tattoo or Body Piercing Apprentice License
- Apply for a Tattoo or Body Piercing Shop License
- Apply for a Tattoo or Body Piercing Temporary Establishment License
- Become a Tattoo or Body Piercing Apprentice Sponsor
- File a Complaint
- Renew My License
- Track and Submit My Apprentice Program Hours
- Update My Address, Phone Number or Email
- Verify an Artist License
- Verify an Establishment License
Learn more about...
- Online Payments
- Testing Locations
- Annual Training Requirements
- Applications & Forms
- Apprentice Program Curriculum Requirements
- Basic Guidelines for Getting a Safe Tattoo
- License Fee Schedule
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Rules and Regulations (O.A.C.310:233)
- Oklahoma Statute O.S. 21-842.3
- Tattoo Aftercare
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The ADA and Service Animals
- Low-Income Individual License Fee Waiver - House Bill 2933
“Tattooing” is the practice of producing an indelible mark or figure on the human body by scarring or inserting a pigment under the skin using needles, scalpels, or other related equipment. It shall be unlawful for any person to perform or offer to perform tattooing on a child under eighteen (18) years of age.
“Body piercing” is a procedure in which an opening is created in a human body solely for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decoration. The term does not include ear lobe piercing. It shall be unlawful for any person to perform or offer to perform body piercing on a child under eighteen (18) years of age unless the parent or legal guardian of the child is present during the procedure.
Location and Contact Information
Consumer Health Service
PO Box 268815
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Consumer Health Service
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-5243
Fax: (405) 271-5286