Licensing Requirements

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies

Each person seeking licensure must document to the Department's satisfaction that the applicant:

Is eighteen years of age or older;

Has successfully completed, within the three years prior to submitting an application, a course on prevention of disease transmission and blood-borne pathogens that complies with the standards adopted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as described in 29 CFR 1910. 1030 et seq., as amended from time to time, and that requires the successful completion of a proficiency examination as part of such course;

Holds current certification by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association in basic first aid; and

Form verifying completion of two thousand (2,000) hours of practical training and experience under the personal supervision and instruction of a tattoo technician; OR

Form verifying five years of continuous practice of tattooing in this state prior to January 1, 2015.

Please be advised that training hours completed after January 1, 2015 will only be credited if the supervisor was licensed during the period of training.

Application Instructions:

Applications are only being accepted online.  Paper applications will not be accepted.  Please select this link to apply online.

Please note that as part of the application process, you will be asked to upload an appropriate, recent photo of yourself, a copy of verification that you completed the blood borne pathogens course as outlined above, and verification of basic first aid certification by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.  Please make sure you have these documents on the device you are using to submit your application. 

If you do not have the blood borne pathogens or basic first aid documentation in an electronic format, you may fax the documents to (860) 707-1931.  Please do not submit photographs via facsimile.

If you are or have ever been licensed, certified or registered in any other state, please arrange for written verification to be submitted directly to this office.  Most states charge a fee for this service.  Please be sure to contact the state to determine fee information.  The verification should be submitted directly to:


Department of Public Health

Tattoo Technician Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12APP

PO Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134