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How to Get Licensed: Tattooing

Application Requirements

  • Submit proof of being 18+ years of age and complete and submit an application form and pay appropriate fees. 
  • Submit proof of having a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) 
  • Submit documentation of having completed blood borne pathogens training from an agency approved provider. 
  • Submit documentation of having completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid training from an agency approved provider. 
  • Provide documentation of completing a qualifying pathway (see below). 

​Blood Borne Pathogens Training

Blood borne pathogen courses must be compliant with U.S. Federal guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1030 and may be obtained through hands-on, online or blended course instruction. 

CPR and First Aid Training

CPR and First Aid certification courses must be obtained through hands-on training, or blended training that includes a hands-on skills assessment examination for certification. Course provider certifications for these courses must include an evaluator/instructor name and authorization number on the certification card.
Approved CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens Providers  PDF


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Pathway 1: Oregon School

Applicant must graduate from a Oregon licensed tattooing career school after completing the following required training:
  • Completion of approved training program including 360 hours of training (210 theory/150 practical), chairside supervision under a licensed tattoo artist. 
  • Must have documentation showing a minimum of 50 completed procedures (which means "a tattoo which has been finished, including any touchups or additional work following initial healing and the client is released from service") 
  • Training must be conducted by an Oregon licensed tattoo artist registered as a teacher by the Department of Education, Private Career Schools. 
  • A registered teacher must provide direct supervision of practical training on a one-to-one student/teacher ratio for students performing practical training while the student is working on the general public. Direct supervision means the teacher is present and actively involved in direct oversight and training of students. 
  • Licensed tattoo schools must submit official transcripts directly to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency
  • Take and pass both written and practical examinations
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Pathway 2: Reciprocity

  • Submit an affidavit of licensure demonstrating proof of current license, which is active with no current or pending disciplinary action, as a tattoo artist.  The licensing must be substantially equivalent to Oregon licensing requirements.Or if not substantially equivalent the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the agency that the applicant has been employed or working as a tattoo artist full time for three of the last five years.
  • Pay examination fees 
  • Submit passing score of an approved written examination
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Written/Skills Assessment

Applicants must complete and pass both a written and skills assessment examination.  


Written - Sources used to reference the examination questions are included in the blueprint. 

Written Examination Blueprint (WORD)

Diseases of the Skin Syllabus (PDF) 

Skills Assessment - Sources used to reference the examination questions are included in the blueprint. 

Skills Assessment Examination Blueprint (PDF)


Identification Requirements

Applicants are required to produce two forms of original identification issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States at the time of examination.  One of the forms must be photographic. 


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Examination Retake Policy

Applicants who fail the written examination after one or more attempts must wait seven days or more before retaking the examination.
After the third and sixth failed attempts, applicants must obtain additional training from an Oregon educational institution. 
Review requirements for retaking the written examination, including recertification of training. 
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License Renewal

Renew online 
  • Tattooing licenses are valid for one year. 
  • Licensees receive a renewal form in the mail approximately 45 days prior to the license entering inactive status. 
  • Licensees must attest on the renewal form that they have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from an approved provider, current first aid training from an approved provider, and current certification in blood borne pathogens training from an approved provider. 
  • Licensees must also attest upon renewal that they have obtained required continuing education.  More information 
  • Renew your license online
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