We require any business that is in the practice of creating an opening in a person’s body, other than the individual’s earlobe, to insert jewelry or another decoration to license with the Department of State Health Services. This also includes studios that perform implants. An artist may not perform body piercing on a person younger than 18 years of age without the consent of a parent, managing conservator, or guardian and meeting the requirements of 25 Texas Administrative Code, §229.406(d). This can be done by one of two methods:
- The minor brings a notarized consent to the studio that contains the name, address, and telephone number of both the minor and parent, managing conservator, or guardian; the location of the body that may be pierced; and signatures of both the minor and the parent, managing conservator, or guardian; or
- The adult is present at the studio during the piercing and signs statements swearing that they are the parent, managing conservator, or guardian; the adult has the authority to consent to the procedure; the adult has provided valid government issued identification of the minor and of themselves to the studio; and that the adult will remain at the studio while the procedure is performed. In this case, the adult must also present identification and evidence to the studio that they are the parent, managing conservator, or guardian.
- Forms of Identification –
- Parent -Government Photo * passport , ID, or drivers license
- Minor- government issued *passport, ID or drivers license
- Or *school ID with birth certificate
- No person or persons younger than 18 can be tattooed in the state of Texas.