People who perform body piercing, tattoos and other types of body art and permanent makeup in Washington soon will be required to be licensed.
Starting today, people working in the industry must start applying to get a $250 annual license under a law passed last year.
Businesses that employ them must also get a license, at a cost of $300 a year.
The law requires that all shops have an inspection, and Department of Licensing officials says all shops will be inspected on a two-year rotation.
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Officials say they’ll ensure uniform safety and sanitation practices when it comes to tattoos, piercing or any other type of body art, which includes the use of branding and scars.