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The Monroe County Health Department will investigate tattoo parlors on a complaint only basis.
What laws govern tattooing in Indiana?

In 1997, Indiana Code 16-19-3-4.1 required the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to
adopt rules to regulate the sanitary operation of tattoo parlors.  The rule, 410 IAC 1-5, became law
on June 12, 1998, and was readopted July 21, 2004.  The following are some requirements of the
tattoo rule:
  • All tattooists must receive yearly training concerning how diseases are spread by contact with blood.
  • To receive a tattoo, anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by, and have written permission from, a parent or legal guardian.
  • Gloves or other appropriate personal protection must be worn when performing tattooing procedures and when handling blood.
  • All needles must be sterile and designed for single use.
  • Reusable tubes must be sterilized.
  • Infectious waste must be handled properly according to Indiana law.
What is NOT included in the rule?
The rule does NOT:
  • Require a tattooist to register with the ISDH.
  • Require the ISDH to perform routine inspections of tattoo parlors.
  • Require tattooists to receive training or certification on the tattooing process.
Indiana State Department of Health Tattoo Information:
Please contact one of our Environmental Health Specialists at (812) 349-2882 or (812) 349-2072 for more information.
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