Nearly eight years ago, Public Act 375, was enacted. That’s the law in the State of Michigan that governs over body art facilities and tattooers. Public Act 375 made it so that individuals can’t legally tattoo, brand, microblade, or perform body piercing on another individual unless it happens in a licensed facility. It also set up specific requirements for all body art facilities.
What Does ‘Licensed Facility’ Mean?
Tattoo shops are licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as Body Art Facilities. The owners or operators of every tattoo shop have to actually apply for and maintain a body art facility license through MDHHS.
A body art license should not be mistaken for a Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate. The license that is granted through the State of Michigan is completely different. In order for a tattoo shop to become licensed, the owners or operators must submit a plan review, execute the plan for the shop in accordance with the plan review, pay for the license, and submit to an inspection by a health inspector all before opening its front doors.
How Do I Find Out If An Artist Or Shop Is Licensed?
Well, again, licenses aren’t granted to individuals in Michigan. They are granted to tattoo shops. Even if the tattoo shop consists of one artist, it must go through the same process. In accordance with the law, the shop will have the license displayed prominently in the shop.
Now, in addition to that, the facility will also have Bloodborne Pathogens certificates for each artist up. Plus, the shop will have a certificate issued by MDEQ showing that the facility is registered and monitored as a producer of medical waste. In our case, that means the “sharps” or tattooing needles.
List Of Currently Licensed Body Art Facilities
MDHHS maintains an updated, online list of all currently licensed body art facilities. The list itself will be up-to-date as of the date listed on the PDF report. So, this list can change frequently. When a new shop is issued a license, they generally update the list. For example, as of this posting, the list of licensed body art facilities is current as of just three days ago.