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Safety & Regulation

For more information on tattoo safety and regulation, please refer to the following:

Artists & Establishments

The Iowa Department of Public Health Tattoo Program maintains current lists of licensed artists, permanent makeup artists, and establishments in the State of Iowa.

Licensed tattoo artists and tattoo establishments are listed at the following link. To verify the status of a tattoo artist or tattoo establishment, please visit our on line database at https://dphregprograms.iowa.gov/PublicPortal/Iowa/IDPH/common/index.jsp and click on Public Search. Then enter the name of the tattoo artist or the name of the tattoo establishment. Once the individual or establishment record appears, click Details to learn more about their registration. If you find an error on the list, please notify the Tattoo Program at (515) 724-3017.

Who inspects tattoo establishments in my community?

Tattoo establishments are inspected annually by a local designated inspection agency. 


If you would like to file a complaint against a Tattoo Artist or Establishment, please complete the following form then mail it to:

Tattoo Program
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

For more information about the Tattoo Program, contact: Chelsea Stevens at (515) 724-3017
Tattoo Program | Iowa Department of Public Health | 321 E. 12th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319