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Tattoo and Body Piercing Program

***Late fees for CHS occupational and establishment licenses have been waived during the Governor's Declaration of Emergency per emergency rules drafted by the Department. Late fees will return at the expiration of the Declaration of Emergency.

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.


The Tattoo and Body Piercing Program establishes procedures and standards to prevent infection and the transmission of disease in tattoo/body piercing establishments.

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.

“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.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Consumer Health Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
PO Box 268815                  
Oklahoma City, OK 73126 

Physical Location:
Consumer Health Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 731

Phone: (405) 426-8250
Fax:     (405) 900-7557
Email:  
CHSLicensing@health.ok.gov

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