Renew or update your license: Shops, mobile units, and event locations

Find out what the requirements are and how to renew a license to operate a shop or mobile unit that offers tattoo, body piercing, body art, or permanent cosmetic services.

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Renew your license

License expires one year after it is issued, or when your business liability insurance expires, whichever comes first.

  • You can renew up to 120 days before your license expires
  • There will be a late fee if you don't renew before it expires

If your license expires or gets canceled

We consider you unlicensed if your license expires or gets canceled, and we may fine you if you engage in unlicensed activity.

If your license has been expired for more than a year, we will cancel it and you must reapply.

How to renew

Be ready to answer legal background questions and provide supporting documents if needed. Learn more about uploading documents.

Update your contact information online, if necessary, before you renew your license.

Gather the necessary documents

Renew your license online

Update your contact information online, if necessary, before you renew your license.

Log into your SecureAccess Washington account to use our Professional Business and Licensing Service.

Renew your license by mail

Follow the instructions on your renewal notice.

If you did not receive a renewal notice

Complete a Artist Shop, Artist Mobile Unit, or Event Location Application form. This form is only available in English.

Mail the form and a check or money order (payable to the Department of Licensing) for the renewal fee to:

Tattoo, Body Art, Body Piercing Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Update your insurance online

Follow these step-by-step instructions to update your insurance information.

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