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Environmental Health

The Tattooing Program ensures minimum sanitary and safety standards related to the design and operation of temporary and permanent tattoo establishments by conducting routine inspections. The Florida Department  of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) investigates complaints concerning tattoo establishments and issues licenses to individual artists and establishments.

All tattoo artists are required to complete and pass an initial three hour, Florida Department of Health-approved Bloodborne Pathogen and Communicable Disease Course.

The Rule and Statute that provides the regulations for Tattoo establishments and artists is Chapter 64E - 28 F.A.C. and Sections 381.00771-381.00791, Florida Statutes (F.S.).

All Tattoo establishments must be approved prior to opening. For a copy of the Tattoo Establishment Application form, click here. In addition, each Tattoo Artist must be permitted as well. Click here for a copy for the Tattoo Artist Application Form. An artist who has an active license, registration, or certification from a jurisdiction outside of Florida may apply as a Guest Tattoo Artist to be approved to work in the state of Florida. Click here for a copy of the Application form for a Guest Tattoo Artist.

Each artist must attend and pass an approved Bloodborne Pathogens And Communicable Disease class. DOH-Duval Environmental Health is an approved provider for Tattoo Artist initial training. Please call 904-253-1785 for more information on class availability.

In order to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 (minor), the artist must be provided a Notarized Minor Consent Form before beginning any procedure. Under no circumstances should an Artist tattoo anyone under the age of 16.

For information, call 904-253-1280 or visit the Florida Department of Health website at