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TABLE 3

Body Piercing and Tattooing of Minors: Consent and Physical Presence Requirements by State101,102 

Type of ProcedureOutright ProhibitionConsent RequiredParental Presence Required
Tattooing Alaska, California, Georgiaa, Iowab, Idahoc, Illinoisa, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolinad, Tennesseee,f, Washington, Wisconsina (n = 17) Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texasf, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming (n = 28) Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 12) 
Body piercing Idahog, Mississippi, South Carolina (n = 3) Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 35) Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 16) 
Type of ProcedureOutright ProhibitionConsent RequiredParental Presence Required
Tattooing Alaska, California, Georgiaa, Iowab, Idahoc, Illinoisa, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolinad, Tennesseee,f, Washington, Wisconsina (n = 17) Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texasf, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming (n = 28) Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 12) 
Body piercing Idahog, Mississippi, South Carolina (n = 3) Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 35) Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming (n = 16) 
a

The prohibition does not apply when the tattooing is performed by a physician or licensed technician under a physician’s supervision.

b

Prohibition applies only to unmarried minors.

c

Prohibition for those younger than 14 years, consent required for ages 14–18 years.

d

Prohibition for those younger than 18 years, consent required for ages 18–21 years.

e

Prohibition for those younger than 16 years, consent required for ages 16–18 years.

f

Tattooing is allowed only for covering up an existing tattoo.

g

Prohibition for those younger than 14 years, consent required for ages 14–18 years.

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