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The Kentucky Department for Public Health's Food Safety Branch develops the statewide Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Program plans, objectives, policies, and procedures. The Food Safety Branch assists local health departments in carrying out the Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs. 

The Tattoo, Body Piercing and Ear Piercing Programs register tattoo artists and body and ear piercers, and certify studios. Anyone engaged in the practice of tattooing or body/ear piercing in Kentucky must be registered by 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