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Please review the helpful links below:
- Find step-by-step instruction for license renewal here.
- Find a list of license renewals available via LicensE in the chart on the LicensE Customer Information page.
- Find all licenses available via LicensE, plus user guides and other resources, on the LicensE Customer Information page.
- Anyone applying for an initial license for any of the credentials listed can apply at license.wi.gov.
Our LicensE Application Status Lookup tool makes it easier for employees, and helps academic advisors support students during the license application process. To access the Application Status Lookup tool, you will need the applicant's 10-digit PAR number. An applicant may provide the number to anyone who could support their application. Find more information in our news release about this tool.
Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 221.04, all tattooing and body piercing activities must occur in a licensed establishment. In addition, all tattooists and body piercers must also hold a practitioner's license.
Temporary Body Art Establishments - please view Tattooing and Body Piercing at Festivals and Other Events for important information.
What Counts as Tattooing or Body Piercing?
Tattoo means to insert pigment under the surface of the skin of a person, by pricking with a needle or otherwise, to produce an indelible mark or figure through the skin.
Body Piercing means perforating any human body part or tissue, except an ear, and to place a foreign object in the perforation to prevent the perforation from closing.
Ear Piercing is exempt from the licensing requirements. All parts of the ear are included in this exception.
A License is required for a person who applies a tattoo to another person, and/or a person who performs body piercing.
Each license issued by the Department expires June 30th of each year.
If a license is granted after April 1 of a license year, that license will extend to June 30 of the following year.
If you are requesting a variance, please complete this form,
Body Art Variance Petition Application (Form # 1000-IS), and return it to either your local Health Department or DSPS as applicable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tattooing and Body Piercing Frequently Asked Questions
Body Art Agent Map
Application for Licensure
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|3217||Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, this form
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