DPH: Tattoo Technician

Tattoo Technician

The Connecticut Department of Public Health does not license or certify persons engaged in tattooing the human body or play a role in the regulation of facilities in which tattoos are applied, there are Connecticut General Statutes and Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies that outline who may engage in marking the skin of any person by pricking in coloring matter or by producing scars.

Please select this link for the current Connecticut General Statutes and Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies relative to tattooing the human body.

News as of May 13, 2013

House Bill 6590, An Act Concerning the Licensing of Tattoo Technicians, is currently pending before the Connecticut General Assembly.  The House of Representatives passed an amended version of the bill on May 9, 2013 and the bill is now pending Senate approval.

If passed, this new law would require all persons who engage in the practice of tattooing to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health.  Individuals practicing tattooing will be required to obtain licensure on or before July 1, 2014.  On and after July 1, 2014, no person shall engage in the practice of tattooing unless the person is 18 years of age or older and has obtained a license from the Department of Public Health.  Proposed education and training requirements for licensure, including requirements for temporary practice provisions, are outlined in the pending legislation.

Please be advised that this bill is not yet final and current laws governing the practice of tattooing remain in place (see above).  Plans for implementation including requirements for any inspections would not be available until the proposed bill is passed and becomes law.  There are currently no mandated inspection requirements set by the State.  Please contact your local authorities if you are uncertain as to any current requirements in your city/town.  Please check this webpage periodically.  As soon as any additional information is available regarding the status of this proposed new law, this site will be updated.


Content Last Modified on 5/14/2013 7:37:26 AM