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How to Become a Full-Time Licensed Tattoo or Body Piercing Artist in Oklahoma

Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

An artist license is only valid in a licensed facility.

Applicants must submit proof of at least two (2) complete years of licensure experience as an artist from another state OR proof of completion of an approved apprenticeship. If the licensure experience requirements cannot be met, the applicant will need to enroll in an Apprentice Program.

Applicants must submit the following:

Send all paperwork and documentation to:


Oklahoma State Department of Health

Consumer Protection Division

PO Box 268815

OKC, OK 73126-8815


Exam Information

After the two years of experience is verified and all of the above documents are received, the applicant will be mailed a Test Letter.  Once received, the applicant must select an approved testing location to take the Tattoo/Body Piercing Competency Examination and contact that facility to schedule an exam.

The applicant must present the original Test Letter issued by the OSDH and a valid photo ID to the selected Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education approved testing location.

The testing fee will be $200.00, paid directly to Career Tech. (Check with the selected testing location for valid forms of payment.)

The applicant must receive a minimum score of 70% on the written examination that will include:

(1) Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and disease;

(2) Theory and application of ink;

(3) Safety and aseptic technique;

(4) Professionalism; and


If the minimum score of 70% is not met, the applicant can retest up to two (2) times.  The applicant must wait at least seven (7) days before retesting.  If a passing score is unable to be met after three (3) attempts, the applicant will be required to enroll or re-enroll in an Apprentice Program.

Once the passing score is verified, the Tattoo or Body Piercing Artist License will be mailed to the applicant.


Location and Contact Information

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

Physical Location:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Consumer Health Service
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Contact Information:
Phone: (405) 271-5243
Fax:     (405) 271-5286

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