Tattoo Program – Home – Iowa Department of Public Health

Posted in Iowa Tattoo on Feb 19, 2021

TheProclamation of Disaster Emergencysigned by Governor Reynolds on 2/5/2021 has extended the reopening ofall tattoo establishmentsuntil 11:59 pm onMarch 7, 2021.

On March 22, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency (Proclamation) in response to COVID-19. Parts of the Proclamation provided relief to various professions that require a license, certification or permit. The tattoo program falls under one of those professions listed in the proclamation. Since March, the Governor has extended the provisions in the Proclamation. At this time it appears that the Proclamation will be extended for months to come. However, it is unknown how long the Proclamation will ultimately remain in place.

Tattoo artists and establishments that have a permit that expired or will expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation can continue to work for as long as the Proclamation provisions are in place. However, tattoo artists and establishment owners are highly encouraged to renew their permit on time, or as close to on time as possible. Both the first aid certification and blood borne pathogen certifications required to renew can be completed remotely.

Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation will not be issued any new permit documents that reflect the permit is still valid. Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the Proclamation can use this guidance of proof of permit if needed. When tattoo artist and establishments do renew their permits they will receive updated permits that will be issued for the normal 2021 permit year.

For a current list of licensed artists and establishments, see the Resources page.

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