PMU Licensing & Regulations By State For Microblading and Permanent Makeup

PMU regulation by state. Permanent makeup licensing requirements, rules, and laws 

Before offering permanent makeup or microblading you should always be sure you are compliant for your state. The first step you should take is to research 'what are the PMU licensing requirements and regulations for my state' or in my area.

So with that being said we're glad you're here! You're on your way to completing step one of your permanent makeup beauty business journey. 

Each state is unique with their PMU licensing requirements and the regulations they have in place for permanent makeup procedures. When it comes to permanent makeup and Microblading, each state will have different rules for you. Some states have little to no regulation, while others have a list of items you need to complete to become fully state licensed in Microblading or Permanent Makeup. In most states it will be the same as if you were becoming a tattoo artist.

To help you understand what the Permanent Makeup State Regulations and the Permanent Makeup State Licensing requirements are by state, we did our best to create list of every state and a link to their Cosmetic Tattooing, Permanent Makeup, Microblading licensing and regulations landing pages. 

State Licensing and State Regulations:

 It can be a little confusing, so we went ahead and came up with three degrees of regulations and licensing in each state: 

- no regulations to low: These states do not regulation permanent makeup, or only have you complete an application & fee 

- minimal regulations: these states require you to apply for licensing through the state, pay an application fee, take first aid trainings, and/or blood borne pathogen training

- regulated: any state requiring a cosmology license, more than 100 hours, complete additional licensing, or require apprenticeship

(Our permanent makeup certification courses can help you prove the hours your need and they also help with insurance) 

Find your state and click on your link to learn what your state's microblading regulations and state permanent makeup licensing rules are.

 **Keep in mind regulations and licensing requirements always change. It can be difficult to find up to date, solid information. We did our best to compile this list, but keep in mind it may have changed. Skyn is not liable for any changes to regulations or licensing.


Alabama: no regulations – low  

Alaska: regulated

Arizona: no regulations – low

Arkansas: regulated  

California: minimal regulations 

Colorado: minimal regulations

Connecticut : regulated

Delaware: no regulations – low

Florida: minimal regulations  

Georgia: minimal regulations 

Hawaii: minimal regulations  

Idaho: no regulations – low

Illinois: no regulations – low

Indiana: minimal regulations

Iowa: minimal regulations 

Kansas: regulated

Kentucky: minimal regulations

Louisiana: minimal regulations

Maine: minimal regulations 

Maryland: no regulations - low

Massachusetts: regulated

Michigan: minimal regulations 

Minnesota: regulated

Mississippi: regulated

Missouri: regulated

Montana: regulated

Nebraska: minimal regulations

Nevada: minimal regulations

New Hampshire: regulated

New Jersey: regulated

New Mexico: regulated

New York: minimal regulations    

North Carolina: minimal regulations

North Dakota: minimal regulations 

Ohio: minimal regulations

Oklahoma: minimal regulations

Oregon: minimal regulations

Pennsylvania: minimal regulations  

Rhode Island: minimal regulations  

South Carolina: minimal regulations 

South Dakota: no regulations - low

Tennessee: Regulated

Texas: minimal regulations

Utah: no regulations - low  

Vermont: regulated

Virginia: regulated

Washington: no regulations - low

West Virginia: no regulations - low

Wisconsin: regulated

Wyoming: no regulations - low

This list should help you understand your state's regulations and rules regarding Permanent Makeup Procedures such as Ombre Brow Licensing, Microblading Licensing, Permanent Makeup Eyeliner Licensing, Permanent Makeup Lip Blushing Licensing, Nano Brow Licensing, Combo Brows Licensing, and SMP Scalp Micropigmentation Licensing

We would love to help you in any way on your journey to becoming a PMU Boss!

We know this can all be a bit confusing so don't be shy.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Send us a message in our chat box or email us at anytime, we are more than happy to help you decipher your states permanent makeup regulations. 

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