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Tattoo - Body Art

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Environmental Health

Effective January 1, 2012, the Department of Health (the department) implemented sections 381.00771-381.00791, Florida Statutes (F.S.), The Practice of Tattooing. These statutes require licensure of tattoo artists and tattoo establishments, and also set forth educational requirements and standards of practice for conventional and cosmetic tattoo artists, and operational requirements for tattoo establishments. Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), which became effective September 5, 2012 , details the statutory requirements for tattoo establishments and tattoo artists. It is recommended that tattoo establishment owners and operators as well as tattoo artists review the requirements of both the statute sections and the rule chapter to ensure compliance with requirements for both artists and establishments.

Florida Department of Health – Nassau County Environmental Health is responsible for the sanitary and safety requirements related to the design, operations and maintenance of Tattoo establishment and temporary locations within Volusia County. Temporary establishments shall meet the same requirements as at fixed locations and may operate no more than fourteen consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

Tattooing of a Minor

A written notarized parental consent document is required for minors prior to receiving a tattoo. A minor is defined as a person who has not attained the age of 18 years.

A person may not perform tattooing on a minor without the written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian and an establishment may not perform tattooing on a minor under the age of 16. Additional information may be found at section 381.00787, F.S.

For more information and additional forms please visit the Florida Department of Health Tattooing website.