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A body art practitioner with a Practitioner Registration issued from any other jurisdiction within California has limited reciprocity. This is intended to allow the Practitioner to practice within this county and any other county in California for 5 consecutive days, but no more than 15 days total, in a calendar year.

A valid Body Art Practitioner Registration will either have an issue date on or after July 1, 2012 or compliance with AB 300 is noted on the registration by the issuing jurisdiction.

Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Control Training Courses must be in compliance with the Safe Body Art Law (AB 300) Section 119307(c) and approved by the issuing jurisdiction. Review approved list of Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Control Training Courses.

Pay your invoice online. Note, renewing facilities and practitioners must also separately submit a complete application (located in sections below) and any other required documents shortly after payment or the payment will be returned and the permit or registration will not be renewed.


You may be subject to the following penalties for violations of the California Safe Body Art Act:

  • Administrative fines up to $1000.00 dollars per violation
  • Permit and Practitioner Registration violations are subject to misdemeanor, suspension, modification, revocation and administrative fines up to 3x the cost of the permit or registration fee.
  • Closure of the Body Art Facility and Temporary Event

Due to ongoing COVID-19 responses by public and Environmental Health Services staff, the Approved Body Art Practitioners and Establishment lists are not currently able to be maintained. Please verify with the specific establishment and practitioner that they have a current, valid permit and registration, respectively.

General information

Body Art Practitioner Registration Information

Registration Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to give or receive a tattoo
  • You must have a valid Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Training Certificate
  • You must practice within a Permitted Body Art Facility


To obtain or renew a Body Art Practitioner Registration, you are required to submit a completed registration application and attach the information requested on the registration instruction sheet.

General information

Permanent Body Art Facility Information

Facility Requirements

All Permanent Body Art Facilities shall comply with Article 4 starting with Section 119312 of California’s Safe Body Art Law.


To obtain or renew a Permanent Body Art Facility Permit you are required to submit a completed Permanent Body Art Facility Application.  You can download the application forms below.  You can submit the application materials to us in one of three ways:

1. Scan and email to:

General information

Body Art Expo Practitioner Information

Practitioner Registration

All Body Art Practitioners must have a valid California Practitioner Registration in order to practice at the event. The registration is valid for one year from date of issue.

If you are a registered practitioner from another jurisdiction in the State of California, the registration will be accepted provided that you meet one of the following requirements:

General information

Body Art Expo Sponsor Information

Sponsors have to comply with Article 5 starting with Section 119317 of California’s Safe Body Art Law. Sponsors must ensure all practitioners display a valid Practitioner Registration Card.  All demonstration booths have a maximum occupancy of 5 persons. All demonstration booths have direct access to hand washing.