Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing & Branding

Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, Tattoo kits Due to Microbial Contamination

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NOTICE - Apprenticeship Requirement for Licensure

While the regulations under which Missouri licensed tattooists serve do not allow an unlicensed tattooist to provide tattoo services, the Division is currently working toward the promulgation of a regulation that would provide for those working to fulfill specific apprenticeship requirements to provide tattoo services under the supervision of a licensed tattooist. The Division anticipates that the regulation, once effective, will require the supervising licensed tattooist to register each supervisee with the Office.

Until such rule is effective, the Division asks that you notify the Office of the Missouri licensed tattooist who will be supervising you during your apprenticeship. Please also notify the Office if and when you obtain a new supervising licensed tattooist. This will allow the Office to keep a record of those working in Missouri under the appropriate supervision of a licensed practitioner, even though not licensed to practice independently.