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Tattooing & Body Piercing ProgramTattoo Regulations Man giving tattoo safely

This program was created to require persons who own body piercing establishments to maintain a level of sanitation in the facility and a level of sterilization in the equipment used to reduce the possibility of transmitting disease through the body piercing procedure. The program also requires persons performing body piercing to be licensed and to have attended a training session on bloodborne pathogens, which is approved by Department. The citizens of Oklahoma will benefit through an attempt to provide training of those performing tattooing & body piercing, sanitation of facilities, and sterilization of equipment.

“Tattooing” means 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.

“Body piercing” means 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. Our mission is to establish procedures and standards to prevent infection and transmission of disease.
The rule provides procedures and standards for licensing of artists and establishments.

No Body Piercing Advisory council was established by statute or rule.



Location and Contact Information


Consumer Protection Division
PO Box 268815                  
Oklahoma City, OK 73126 



Oklahoma State Department of Health
Consumer Protection Division
1000 N.E. 10th Street
(405) 271-5243, FAX (405) 271-3458
Contact: KC Ely, Chief




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