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Parents of teens who want piercings want to know: What are the legal age limits to be able to get a tattoo or body piercing? The age limits for piercings and tattoos are made by state laws. In many states it is illegal for a body art, piercing or tattoo artist to perform their work on a minor child without approval of their parents or at all.

Alabama

  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Alaska
  • No age limit laws.
Arizona
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Arkansas
  • A minor needs written constent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
California
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor. The presence or notarized consent of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing other than an ear piercing.
Colorado
  • A minor needs expressed informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Connecticut
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Delaware
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Florida
  • A minor needs written notorized consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Georgia
  • Tattooing of a minor must be done by a licensed osteopath or technician acting under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or osteopath.
  • Piercing needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian.
Hawaii
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing.
  • No current age limits on piercings.
Idaho
  • No tattooing, branding or body piercing of minors under the age of 14.
  • A minor ages 14-18 needs written consent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Illinois
  • Minors may not be at a tattoo shop without parent or legal guardian. Only medically licensed professionals may tattoo a minor.
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing.
Indiana
  • A minor needs written consent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Iowa
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor.
  • No laws on piercing.
Kansas
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
Kentucky
  • A minor needs written notarized consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Louisiana
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Maine
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor.
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing.
Maryland
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
Massachusetts
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
Michigan
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing. Consent must be given in person by the parent or legal guardian.
Minnesota
  • A minor needs witnessed written consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Mississippi
  • It is illegal to tattoo or body pierce a minor. Does not include ear lobes.
Missouri
  • A minor needs witnessed written consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Montana
  • A minor needs consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a tattoo.
  • No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
Nebraska
  • A minor needs written consent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Nevada
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
New Hampshire
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
New Jersey
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
New Mexico
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
New York
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
North Carolina
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor.
  • A minor needs the expressed consent of the parent or legal guardian to receive a body piercing other than the ears.
North Dakota
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a tattoo.
Ohio
  • A minor needs the presence and written consent of the parent or legal guardian to receive a body piercing or tattoo.
Oklahoma
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor.
  • A minor needs the presence and written consent of the parent or legal guardian to receive a body piercing.
Oregon
  • No laws currently on age limits for tattoos or body piercing.
Pennsylvania
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a tattoo.
  • No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
Rhode Island
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
South Carolina
  • Minors under the age of 18 may not get a tattoo. Young adults ages 18-21 may legally get a tattoo with written parental permission.
  • No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
South Dakota
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Tennessee
  • A minor older than 16-years-old my get a tattoo to cover an existing tattoo, requires their parent to be present and have ID.
  • A minor needs written consent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing.
Texas
  • A minor needs written consent and the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo. Adult needs proof of parentage or guardianship.
Utah
  • A minor needs informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Vermont
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.
Virginia
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo - excludes ear piercing.
Washington
  • It is illegal to tattoo a minor.
  • No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
West Virginia
  • A minor needs written informed consent from parent or legal guardian to receive a tattoo. No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
Wisconsin
  • Minors may not be at a tattoo shop without parent or legal guardian. Only medically licensed professionals may tattoo a minor.
  • No laws currently on age limits for body piercing.
Wyoming
  • A minor needs the presence of the parent or legal guardian to receive a piercing or tattoo.

Quick Links: Teens Body Piercing and Tattoos | Quiz: Are you raising a healthy teen?

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, 2009.

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