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Tattoo and Body Piercing Frequently Asked Questions

 

Question: Can I give/receive a tattoo or body piercing if I am intoxicated?

Answer: No, an artist cannot give a tattoo or body piercing if they are under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.  A person cannot receive a tattoo or body piercing if they are under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

 

Q: Can I drink a non-alcoholic beverage or eat a snack while I am receiving a tattoo or body piercing?

A: No, eating or drinking by anyone is prohibited in the area where tattoo or body piercing procedures are being performed.

 

Q: Can I smoke a cigarette while I am receiving my tattoo or body piercing?

A: No, smoking is not allowed by anyone in any licensed establishment.

 

Q: Do I have to sign a release/consent form to get a tattoo or body piercing?

A: Yes, you will need to fill out a brief medical history form, as well as a consent form with your name, date of birth, address, a copy of your photo ID, your signature, date of the procedure, identification and location of the procedure, and the artist’s name and license number.  The shop will provide you with these forms.

 

Q: Can I get a tattoo if I am under the age 18?

A: No, you must be at least 18 years old to receive a tattoo in Oklahoma.

 

Q: Can I get a body piercing if I am under the age of 18?

A: Only if your parent or guardian is present for the procedure and consents, then yes, you may receive a body piercing if under the age of 18.

 

Q: Can I tattoo or body pierce out of my residence?

A: No, it is unlawful for any artist to perform tattoo or body piercing procedures outside of a licensed establishment.

 

Q: How do I open my own tattoo and/or body piercing shop?

A: Call the Consumer Health Service for information: (405)-271-5243.

 

Q: Can I tattoo if I only have a body piercing license?

A: No, the tattoo and body piercing licenses are separate.  A tattoo license does not allow you to body pierce; a body piercing license does not allow you to tattoo.

 

Q: Can I continue to tattoo or body pierce if my license recently expired.

A: No, you cannot.  It is unlawful to perform any procedure without a current license in the appropriate category.  There is a 30 day grace period for license renewals before a $100 late fee is assessed.  However, the grace period only applies to the late fee; it does not permit an artist to practice with an expired license.

 

Q: I was a licensed artist in Oklahoma, but left the state and did not to renew my license while I was gone.  What do I need to do to become licensed again?

A: If your license is less than one (1) year expired, you will need to pay for the renewal and the late fee.  You also need to have current Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR, and First Aid trainings. If your license is more than one (1) year expired, you will need to follow all of the steps to apply for a new license. Call Consumer Health Service to verify when your license expired: (405)-271-5243.

 

Q: I am enrolled in the apprentice program and have completed the 1500 hours of curriculum study in less than 1 year; can I get my Apprentice License now?

A: No, the 1500 hours are to be accumulated in no less than one (1) year and no more than two (2) years. 

 

 

Contact Information:

 

Phone: (405) 271-5243

Fax:     (405) 271-3458

Email:  CHSLicensing@health.ok.gov

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