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The Food Safety Branch develops and helps local health departments carry out the statewide Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Program plans, objectives, policies and procedures.

The Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Program registers tattoo artists and body and ear piercers and certifies studios. Anyone engaged in the practice of tattooing or body/ear piercing in Kentucky must be registered with the local health department.

Annual fees

Tattoo artists, body piercers and ear piercers registration - $20

Tattoo and body piercing studio certification - $100

Ear piercing studio certification - $25

State Laws and Regulations