Jan
24

Age of Reason: Piercing and Tattoo Laws and Age Limits

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Because there’s no specific federal laws and regulations concerning age limitation for body modifications in the United States, each state sets their own standard, and the differences vary widely.  So how do you know how old you have to be in your state?  Well, here’s a little helping hand:

Getting Piercings and Tattoos

In the states of Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon, there are no laws concerning age limits for body piercing or tattooing.  In these states, individual professionals in either of these arts will often set their own standards, and depending on exactly where you live, there might be local regulations for certain specific modification types.  Even though it’s legal to get pierced in these places under the age of sixteen, piercers will often require parental presence or consent in those situations, and for some services a valid ID will be required.

Photo ID and Parental Consent

In Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, there are no age limits for piercing, but tattooing of a minor requires parental consent in either verbal or written form.

The following states require written consent from a parent or guardian for any body piercing or tattooing of someone under 18: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.  In some of these places, like Florida and Kentucky, the written consent form must be notarized.

And in these states, a parent must actually be present for either service, and sometimes also provide a signature or written consent: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

The states of California, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Washington, deem it illegal for those under 18 to get a tattoo, period, but piercings are allowed with the presence or consent of a parent.

Most of the remaining states have very specific regulations.  For example, for residents of Idaho, it’s illegal to get pierced, branded, or tattooed under the age of 14, and between fourteen and eighteen you need a parent’s permission.  And in the state of Mississippi, any modification except ear lobe piercings is illegal to perform on someone under 18 at all.  Also, in both Georgia and Illinois, only medically licensed professionals can tattoo minors, and both piercing and tattooing require parental permission.

Parental Permissions for Piercing

In other countries, like those in the UK, legal age is 16 rather than 18 like in the US, and piercing regulations are often set up by local governments.  Intimate piercings are illegal under the age of 16, but for other piercings there are no strict age limits, and the most common municipal regulations include simply the presence or consent of a parent.

Piercing Laws in the UK

Comments

  1. Dipti Desai says:

    Body Piercing is very dangerous and risky task i think. i am against of all these things, but i like the laws. thank you for sharing this post.

  2. juliee says:

    I’m 15 in two months and I want a nose stud . I’m scared but I want to try something new (:

    • erika says:

      it doesnt hurt that bad. i actually pierced my own nose and its fine :) ive had it about 7 months. im 13 and it doesnt hurt. cartilage hurts alot more. i have 3 ear lobe, 1 cartilage and my nose pierced. :) hopes this helps

      • kaytelin says:

        How did you pierce it..? And how did your parents feel about it.?

        • Emma says:

          Uhm, you take a needle. Sterilize it. And stick it through.

          • Anna says:

            LOLOLOL, you shouldn’t do it on you’re own unless you actually know what you doing! Because if you’re stupid and careless it’s gonna get infected

          • Hannah Lynn says:

            You can also cause serious problems if you pierce it yourself.. like lose your smell or paralyzed im pretty sure… so wouldn’t recomend it.

          • erin says:

            um I pierced my own and I’m not stupid nor did get infected. I cleaned it regularly and ive had it for two years soo yeah!!!

      • Anthony Edmonds says:

        Is there a certain age that u got to be to pierce ur own eyebrow yourself

      • Alicia says:

        Did you seriously say “cartilage” hurts more?
        I’m not sure if you know this but your nose is cartilage.

        • Lana says:

          Ha ha so true… Duh, nose is cartilage…. Think before you type.

        • Mckenzie says:

          I think she was referring to getting the cartilage done (in her ear) hurting more than the cartilage in her nose. Because you don’t refer getting your nose pierced as ” getting cartilage done” as you would with your ear. Point made, and hopefully taken.

        • chris says:

          they said cartilage hurts more referring to ear cartilage, and the “nose” piercing refers to the nostril which is skin the septum would be the one referring to going through cartilage.

          • Lorna says:

            Actually, the nostrils are composed of cartilage, and septum piercings do not go through cartilage. They only go through the flesh below the septum cartilage, the area where most of us have a slight nubby protrusion, called the “sweet spot.” :)

      • Skye Thomas says:

        Does it really hurt on your cartilage?

        • Valarie says:

          I am fourteen and I have my nose pierced, my cartilage on both sides of my ears, and six other ear piercings. The top of your ears are made out of cartilage, but so is your nose. I think that it hurts a little more for the ears, only because when you sleep on it there is pressure, and I don’t tend to sleep on my nose. Even though it does hurt, if you don’t sleep on your cartilage then it doesn’t hurt to get it pierced. It’s just a slight pinch at first when the piercing goes through. Although it’s the same at a normal ear piercing, I can say that it took a little bit longer for my cartilage to heal. The amount of pain you feel also depends on your tolerance of pain. But it’s honestly a lot less painful then a lot of people make it out to be. you just have to keep in mind to try to get it on a side you don’t sleep on, or if you sleep on either side, then try to keep a soft pillow around your ear! Hope this helped!!

        • Nodia says:

          No not really just when you lay on it for a week or two and clean it atleast twice a day

    • Megan says:

      Haha I pierced my nose myself with a piercing earing in 9th grade.. I got lucky and haven’t gotten infected however this is very dangerous. And my dad still picks on me but they like it despite me going behind their backs.. Oops lol. But seriously get it done professionally.. I did my belly button the same year By myself (stupid choice) and It got ripped out and extremely infected.. I ended up in the E.R. Also I agree with @erika the only part that hurt was the very inside when it was just about to pop through due to cartilage. But I love my nose ring and wouldn’t change it (it’s been 2 years) hope this helps a little :)

    • lena says:

      the higher it is on your nose, the higher it hurts, though im not saying that it really hurts cause for the most part it doesn’t

  3. kylie says:

    can you tell me where in new jersey people at the age 13 can get a belly button piercing?

  4. maddie leeker says:

    does anybody know how old you have to get your belly button pierced with your mom or dad?? i wanna get mine done and im 13… but i can’t find a place that will do it…does anyone know of a place that will give you a belly button piercing at the age of 13 with an adult in the state of Missouri???

    • Michelle says:

      Depends what state you live in

    • Emily says:

      No sorry… Lol but I’m 11 and I have mine done

    • persephone says:

      my parents were gonna get my belly button pierced for my 13th birthday (it’s soon :) but my dad talked my mom into just a nose piercing, but i’m going to get it done by a family friend so i don’t have to worry about stores not giving me my piercing so it helps if you know someone that does piercings.

    • lindsey says:

      I live in Missouri too. im 12 about to turn 13 in September. my mom said I could get mine done for my birthday. I did some research..i would recommend you going to Kansas. there is a tattoo parlor in overland park that requires nothing but a parent or guardian present.

    • Ariana says:

      All you have to have is a written consent from a parent if you are under the age of 18 in the state if Missouri for any piercing or tattooing!! Hope this helps!!

  5. Nina says:

    Im 13 Yrs. Old and My Parents Said I Can Get 1 Tattoo If i Really Want Too . I Just Wanted Too Know Is It Legall For ME To Get One In The State Of illinois ???

    • Lorna says:

      Although according to most sources it’s not technically illegal, only licensed medical professionals can tattoo anyone under 18 in your state, and since the law is so strict, you’re not likely to find anyone who will tattoo you at 13 regardless of permissions.

    • Marie says:

      You really shouldn’t get a tattoo at the age of 13. I’m 16, and I have one that I got about a month ago, and I already regret it. I’m not saying you will regret it, but you really shouldn’t get something permanent on your body at such a young age. Especially when you’re not very mature, and you can’t even spell correctly.

      • Kayla says:

        Honestly if you get a tattoo that actually means something to you and isn’t just for looks then you wont regret it.

      • Noah says:

        I have at least 7 tattoos and I am 14. I got my first tattoo when I was 10. I love them all and would never regret them. Be sure to think the decision over, don’t put the ink where people can see when you are wearing a T-Shirt and you are golden.

    • lalalalalalano says:

      u can if the person is medically licensced and ur parent comes with u.

  6. alyssa says:

    Im 13 and i got my belly button pierced at 12

    • Emily says:

      I got mine done 11 : P

      • Amber says:

        Does it hurt bad? im turning 12 in october and i want mine done super badd

      • Chloe says:

        Sweetie, you really need to slow down. Doing all of this at such a young age doesn’t show you’re mature: it shows how immature and self-gratifying you are.

      • Katie says:

        Ok I’m 11 and I’m turning 12 in January and I live in Missouri. I don’t know where I can get my belly button peirced when I turn 12!! I already peirced it once but my parents made me take it out. I need help! Lol

        • Lou says:

          What the h is up with all you 11 and 12 year olds getting tattoos and piercings? When i was that age i only was allowed to have my first ear holes done. I just got my first cartilage done ten months ago and im 15.

          • Skylar says:

            Nothing is wrong with them, what’s wrong with you? They can do whatever they want it’s their choice. Your parents were just strict on you.

          • Karolyn Cockrell says:

            Its there body if they want piercings let them be!! And fyi i hav my eyebrow pierced and im 12 so leave them be!! And stfu! An have a very lovely day Lou! :-)

  7. Anna says:

    Well, I’ll be 15 in 2 weeks and I want a tattoo for my brother that is now dying of liver cancer, and my mom said she would take me… I live I’m Ohio, is it
    Legal for her too take me to get it done?

  8. Ciara says:

    Okay,How old must I be to get a tattoo in Georgia? And do I need parental consent? I’m almost 16,by the way.

    • Emily Gomez says:

      you have to be 17 in the state og georgia with your parent and you have to have the same last name. GA is a very strict place to get tattooed and pierced in. im 15 and my dad is a tattoo artist. u have to be 17 and have your parents, no other way…. put it like this im 15 and i can not get a tatt till i am 18

  9. Tiffany says:

    In Georgia, you must be 18 years old to get a tattoo. Once you’re 18, you’re an adult, so parental consent is not required.

  10. Gillian. says:

    I want to get my septum pierced on my 13th birthday. I live in Georgia. Can someone tell me if I can get this done at 13 years old? Thanks.

    • MaKenzie says:

      You can get it done, I wanted to get a bar put in my ear at 12 and it was legal. Just find a place you want to get it done and call to see what the requirement for age is

  11. austin says:

    i am 13 yrs. and i want my lip pierced but how old do i have to be?

  12. alexa says:

    i am very nervous about this: i am gonna get my cartilage pierced and i am 10. i wanted to know if it hurt? i saw a couple youtube vids and they said it didnt hurt so i am not that worried just wanted to know thanks

    • Emily Gomez says:

      no hunny just no

    • Emily says:

      It hurts a lot!!! But it looks cute and the pain only last a while!!!!

    • Marie says:

      It hurts a lot, and you’re only 10!! Wait a few years before you decide if you really want to stick pieces of metal in your body!

    • Natasha says:

      Your not supposed to get your cartalige pierced until your 13 because thats when your cartilage finishes growing…… :)

    • Summer says:

      When I got mine it hurt a lot, and I would wait until you’re older

    • Taylor Sharee says:

      A Cartilage only hurts for like 30 min up to an hour after you get it. It may also give you a little headache afterwards but only for a short period. I got my Cartilage three months ago and its fine. But you wont really be in pain.

    • Katie says:

      Dear Alexa, I got my cartlidge pierced 2 times. And I couldn’t sleep on it for almost 2 months. And it onlys hurts when it’s actually getting pierced p.s don’t get it done by Walmart because they don’t know what they’re doing!
      Or any other store except for professionals. I got mine done when I was 10

    • Summer says:

      I am 15 and I got my cartilage done two weeks ago and it hurt just as much as a normal piercing does, no worse. It burned for a little and hurt that night but by the next night I could sleep on it with no pain.

  13. Dezzi says:

    I am 16 years old and live in Louisiana. I want to get a tattoo of my son’s name that is no longer with me. would my parent have to be present? my dad said it would be fine but im not sure if he would take me himself because he is very busy all the time

  14. jake says:

    where can I get my belly button pierced with my friends parent & not mine at a age of 15

  15. Jon says:

    That is not true i live in New York the age Limit is 18 for a tattoo, consent or not the age limit is 18.

  16. Mary says:

    I’m 14 and my dad said I could get a tattoo done by a professional at a tattoo parlor. Is this legal in the state of Arkansas?

    • Marie says:

      No, and you really should wait until you’re more mature. This is something you’ll have on your skin for the rest of your life. Also, you’re probably still growing, and your skin will stretch and move to adjust to your growing body. You don’t want to end up with a permanent stretched out tattoo.

  17. Tj says:

    Does anybody know how old you need to be in West Virginia to get a tattoo? I want an L with a cross and a heart for my late baby cousin Leon. I’m 14 and my dad said he didn’t mind as long as it was within the law.

    • Emily Gomez says:

      dont do it. wait at least 2 years. i can bet you 1000 dollars ur skin is still growing. wait then get it. believe me my dad is a tatt artist he has seen it all

  18. Mariah says:

    how old do you have to be to get your lip peirced in minnesota? does it hurt? people say it doesnt..im 13 by the way..

  19. kk epic unicorn says:

    im 10 and i want to know if it is legal in the state of north carolina to get a helix piercing

    • Cassy says:

      I’m 11 and apperanlty “mature” for my age but I’d wait to at least 11 1/2-12 even though that is still young. I’ve wanted a belly button piercing that has a cancer ribbon because either my mom or I have cancer so yeah.

    • kiona says:

      Im 12 I consider myself mature, I wanted a septum piercing for a long time , since i was 10 goin on 11,im getting it for my 13th birthday, and your 10, I dont think a helix piercing would look ok or normal or even fashionable on a ten year old O~O I know when u want something its hard to wait but more than anyone u have to proove to urself ur mature and by the time ur 12 if u want it or even 13 and ur intent on getting it , meaning u know pros and cons on getting this piercing and still want to proceed and get it , I think u have every right to .

      • Chloe says:

        You guys are still babies!! It’s not like you won’t have plenty of time to get piercings later. Why sexualize yourself at such a young age? In your immature (yes, you remain immature until you experience the real world) minds, you feel on top of the world, like a total badass, and you believe you won’t regret a thing. These notions could not be further from the truth. A decade or two down the road you will be kicking yourself for your immaturity and lack of discretion. I’m a freshman in college, and I can honestly say my judgement is exponentially better than it was a your age. I recently got my bellybutton and cartilage pierced, but I don’t feel as if I missed anything by waiting. -Chloe

      • dominique says:

        I’M pretty mature also, I am 14 and in college..
        I know what tattoos I want, I have drawn them up several times edited them and figured out placement and sizing. I know that in my future profession that none of them will show.
        In Michigan what kind of proof of age must you show? Would a college picture id and birth certificate be sufficient?
        Thanks :)

    • Mckenzie says:

      You’re 10. Wait.

  20. dustin says:

    im 16 and i have 2 tattoos and both my ears pierced and nether of them hurt as bad as people say they do. they say that to scare you to where you dont want to get a tattoo or pierced

  21. Katy says:

    Next month I’ll be 17, and I really would like to get my belly button pierced for my birthday. I live in Missouri and cannot legally have it done without guardian consent. Though I am 5 minutes away from Kansas, where there’s not an age limit. Although I’m a resident of Missouri, can I still have it done in Kansas?

    • Kayla says:

      Yes you can. I’m 15, have mine done. I’m getting a tattoo for my 16th birthday in December.
      You don’t have to be a resident, but because you are 17 you might need parental consent.

  22. beth miller says:

    i am turning 16 in a few months. what is the age limit in getting a tattoo in oklahoma?

  23. Tia says:

    Um, in the UK, i want my lip pierced…can i get it pierced without my mum there? i know my friend did…how strict are piercers? :s i’m 15 in like a week anyway, and the job i want allows me with facial piercings.

  24. Hope says:

    I’m 13 and I live in the US, I was wondering what the age limit is for getting an eyebrow piercing, and the cost?..

    • Lorna says:

      Both of those factors will generally depend on the state you live in. The best way to find out is to do a search for piercers in your area and then check their websites for the information. Depending on where you live and how the individual piercer feels about it, you might be able to get your eyebrow pierced at 13 (with parental permission of course.) Hope this helps, and thank you for the comment!

  25. Hannah says:

    I’m 12 years old, i live in Connecticut, i want to know if im able to get a tattoo if i get my parents permission?

  26. Emily says:

    I’m 11and I’m wondering how old I need to be in Florida to get a tattoo

  27. Charm says:

    I’m 12 and I was wondering if I could get a tatto legally in Arizona it’s not big it’s just going to be like a small heart in memory of my g ma

  28. Tacarea says:

    I’m 12 and I want to get my lip pierced my dad and mom said yes but what is the age limit

  29. Hannah says:

    Okay so I just turned 16 , I have proof of my age and I want my septum pierced. Oh and I live in North Carolina, will this be possible for me ?

  30. Laura says:

    How old do you have to be to get a piercing in Puerto Rico cause I’m turning 15 in 2 months and I want to get 2nd piercings, but I want to get it alone cause my mom doesn’t let me get them.

    • Ashley says:

      Nope, must have a parent guardian to be present with you to get any piercing under the age of 18 (i have 3 on one ear and 2 on the other)…getting my nose done for my up coming birthday….Advice for you is to compromise with your mom and at some point she’ll let you. Good luck!!

  31. Christina says:

    I’m 16 years old and I live in Las Vegas.
    I really want my tongue pierced.
    Do I need a parent with me to get it pierced?

  32. brooke says:

    im going to be 17 in 26 days and i want a tattoo of my sons name. i live in north carolina, how old do i have to be to get one with a parent permission?

  33. Katelin says:

    I’m 14 turning 15 in 2 months and wanted to get a tattoo of a lily in memory of my father. Is it legal in the state of new York with parent consent?

  34. Jocelyn says:

    Aren’t you the same person who just yelled at a 12 year old for wanting a tattoo? What makes you think you’re so much smarter and more mature than someone so slightly younger than you? Sorry hun, but 15 is not adult, not even close. And by the way, no tattooing under 18 in New York, regardless of parental consent. They changed the law a few years ago. No tattoos under 18 period.

  35. Luv says:

    I am 13. I want to get a Monroe piercing in Georgia. Am I old enough. I think.

  36. Gabbie says:

    I’m 13 an I wanna get my septum pierced an my mom said it’s okay but I don’t know any good shops in fort worth Texas that would do it for me. you have you be 16 but I really really want it (I’m not trying to be immature) an if anybody out there knows a good shop please please tell me.

  37. Brianna says:

    I’m 13 turning 14 in march and I really want snakebites. I got my moms permission and everything but I can’t find any places to do it unless I’m 16. is it legal? And is there any places near Detroit that will do it (:

    • april says:

      im 13 and ill be 14 in march as well but alot of my friends have theirs done and just lie about there age. I dunno how it works just yet and im trying to bribe my mom into it. haha. good luck with the snake bites tho:3

  38. how old do i have to be to legally do tattoos or get my tattoo license

  39. ineedalippiercingdesperately says:

    i have a strict mother who i have never asked for a facial piercing from, and my dad is gonna be away until like 3 months later. i just asked her for an ear cartilage piercing, and i also REALLY want spider bites (2 lip piercings about a centimeter or so apart). how do i ask her? she looked at me funny when i asked for the ear cartilage piercing, and said “I’ll think about it.” so what will she say/think of me when i ask for spider bites?!?!?! please help me!!!

    • litia says:

      I have a extremely strict mother 2 and I just talked her into letting me get my snake bites done. Just bring up really good points. Like it expressed creativity and freedom.

  40. april says:

    ok so im 13. I look around 16/17, but cant I get a nose stud if I don’t have an ID? if my mom is there and does the whole ID n drivers thing do I still have to show my date of birth n such? please and thank you >.< xD!

  41. Abbi says:

    No one that is 12, 13, or 14, should be allowed to get body modifications. These are big decisions that little children are not old enough to make.

    With that said, the laws, in my opinion, should be much stricter on children under the age of 16.

  42. Kayla says:

    Alright so do you have to be a legal resident in Washington to get a tattoo as a minor with consent?

  43. Sondie says:

    So I’m 16 and I want to get a tattoo with my 26 year old sister. We’ve been planning on getting sister tattoos for a long time. Is there any way I can get one in the state of Tennessee with parents permission?

  44. elizabeth says:

    i’m 14 and love drawing. i had a best friend since i was 4 and he was shot and didn’t make it. well 2 weeks before he drew me a lovely drawing. i live in va very close to west va. i talked to my parents and they said they would take me to get his drawing tattooed if i found a place that would do for me. Am i allowed to get one in west va if i have a parent with me?

    • Lorna says:

      According to the West Virginia Public Health Sanitation Rules, tattooing of minors is allowed in West Virginia, but the state requires that written permission is provided by a parent or guardian, so even if they come with you, the tattoo parlor may still require written consent as well. The best way to find out is of course to call the parlor you’re interested in and ask. Like in all states, some artists will be more willing to tattoo younger individuals than others. Good luck with your tattoo!

  45. Lily says:

    I’m 13, and I live in North Dakota I want my belly button pierced, am I able to? What’s the law? Please help

    • Lorna says:

      In your state, piercing studios require a parent or guardian’s permission to pierced a minor, but there’s no law stating an age cut-off, so as long as your parents come with you and you can find a piercer willing to do it, it’s legal. Good luck! :)

  46. Maddie says:

    Im 12, I will be 13 in March 13th.. Over spring break im going to Louisiana, and i want my belly button pierced, can i get it done at 13 in louisiana with a parents consent?! I live in Mississippi and know here you have to be 18 either way. But i dont know in Louisiana! Please help(: Thanksss!!

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal to pierce minors in the state of Louisiana, but the consenting parent has to be physically there with you when you go to get it done. Also, because you’re so young, you may still find piercers who are uncomfortable with it, so it’s best to call ahead to a parlor you want to go to and make sure. Good luck! :)

  47. jasmine says:

    i am 16 and want my hips pierced. I live in Illinois how old do i have to be? cause i live with an older sis an my mom isn’t around so she is the only one who would be able to sign. is that legal ?

    • lena says:

      i know somone who got a hip peircing but it kept popping out and stuff. So if you 1: go to the chiropractor 2: are fairly active in sports or something or 3: pop out your hip occasionally, i would really rethink where you want to put your peircing. But it is legal if your sister is your legal gaurdian

  48. Jolyn says:

    I’m 15 and I live in North Dakota. I really want to get my nose pierced and also my lip. I have parental consent. But is it legal?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal, but your consenting parent has to be with you when you actually get it done and will also need to sign a consent form. Send us a picture on Facebook or Tumblr when you get your piercings! :)

  49. Kerri worley says:

    IAM sixteen and want a tattoo, I live in Oregon, what is the legal age??!!
    With parent consent and sign off..!!

  50. Nessa says:

    Im 15 almost 16 and i want to get a tattoo and my belly button done! i live in utah. could anyone tell me where to go to get it done and is it legal.?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal in Utah but a consenting parent has to be physically present at the time of the service and usually needs to sign paperwork confirming their approval.

  51. Zoe says:

    Does anyone know the age you have to be to get a lip piercing in Massachusetts? I’m 12 and I’ve always wanted to get one :3

  52. Jennifer says:

    I went to a tattoo convention this past weekend and got a small tattoo. Long story short, the artist did not complete job as described and tattoo not well completed. Also, when I confronted her professionally she refused to talk rationally with me. I also mentioned to her that she never got a signed consent or valid id from me. I know this is illegal, but who can I report her to?

  53. chelsea says:

    so how old do i have to be to get a piercing in South Carolina without parental consent? I’m 17 and have some piercings but all with a parent being there but I’m goin to SC on vacation with friends and we are all getting new piercings but i dont know if i can because I’m 17

    • Lorna says:

      Nobody under 18 can get pierced in South Carolina. Sorry. :( Since you live in a state where you can, it might be a better idea to get pierced together before you leave. Good luck, and have as great vacation.

  54. kelly says:

    Hey im 13 gonna be 14 and I have wanted a septum piercing for a few years! And i live in Kansas, So do I need parents permission to get it done. Even if my older sister took me (she is 21). Also I wanted to know if I get it done what is the healing time i’ve been told a lot of different times lol thanks kelly! Ps. im not looking for anyones opinon just simple facts thx ;)

  55. Zurie says:

    Ok so I’m 12 and I want to get my nose pierced. is it legal to get my nose pierced in the state of Florida?

    • Ashley says:

      I don’t know the age limit but im also 12 and I got my a nose stud and it was perfectly fine… I live in Minnesota tho lol

  56. Natasha says:

    Im 13 and i know its legal for me to get my industrial bar in my ear but every time i go to a place that does piercings they say i have to be 16 with parents permission… Btw i live in Florida

  57. MaKenzie says:

    I’m 13 and want to get a tattoo of my brother’s name on my back. He left a couple years ago and its really important to me. Does anybody know when it’s a good idea to get it? My parents say that if I want it I’m fine making my own decisions.

  58. nicky says:

    I Live in canada Ontario.. And im 11 turning 12 In june.. Would I be able To Get a septum pericing? without parents signature? if so.. how much will it cost.. and were would i get it?,…

  59. Isabelle says:

    I’m 14 I look 15 and I want to know in the state of New Jersey if I can get my belly button pierced without my parents consent.

  60. Adrianna says:

    i live in iowa and i got my belly button pierced a day after my 16th birthday with out my parents having to be there. I also got my nose pierced with out my parents consent. I dont understand why people are saying you cant get it done with your parents consent because i did

  61. Matt says:

    So I live in New York and am turning 16 this summer. I was just wondering if I can get an ear piecing by myself and without parental permission. My mother approves but my father does not and I would prefer they be upset with me as opposed to each other. It’s not like a big deal or anything. The biggest I would go is a barbell in my cartilage or something. To be honest I don’t really know what the big deal is. I am practically more mature than any of the adults in my life anyway and feel that I should be able to express myself.

  62. Chelsea R. says:

    Are these laws current and true??? Because I’m 16 and my mom would let me get any piercing I want and maybe a tattoo… I live in Wisconsin and this page says it’s allowed but with consent but not needing presence of a parent (because my mom doesn’t like watching, lol). But I hear from other people and places that in Wisconsin you have to be at least 16 and presence of adult where piercing or tattoo of a minor is being done. I hope that law isn’t true because I want piercings and tattoos to express myself. :D my mom issss ok with it though so…

  63. Dejah says:

    I’m 13 and I live in Florida, am I old enough to snake bites?

  64. lena says:

    Im 12 and want to get snakebites on my 13th b-day, i’ve been wanting them for a while, and i understand the committment and risks. I have confronted my mom a cauple of times and she says she doesn’t want me to get more peircings until I am 16. I live in Wisconsin, USA right now but will be in Germany when my birthday comes around and I will be living with my dad. Should I just ask him when i get there. My mom didn’t seem to care much when I got my 2nd peircing (ear) done without asking her when i was at my dads at 9 yrs. I just wanted to get some other peoples oppinion. thx

  65. Mandy says:

    You are all just scaring people about piercing things by yourself if your not stupid about it and actually clean it and take care of it then it won’t get infected and if your smart and it starts to hurt when your pushing the needle through take it out. I’ve pierced my noes, lip, cartilage, second and third holes and my belly button twice and nothing happened to me because I was smart about it and did my research

  66. Steven lane says:

    I’m 14 in the state of Tennessee and I was wandering if I can get my tongue pierced?
    And where at in Dickson tn can I do it at?

    • matthew says:

      I know some people that got there’s professionally done and they were 15. I live in north Carolina too and I know its ridiculous that you can’t get a simple piercing by yourself.

  67. joseph says:

    Dang it I’ll be 16 iN 3 months and I live in North Carolina, and I wanted a tattoo so bad, but now I know its illegal. So disappointing!!!! :(

  68. Ashlee says:

    I’m sixteen now, and want to get my tongue pierced. Also I live in Colorado, so now I’m a little bummed that I have to be 18 without parental consent :/

  69. matthew says:

    Ok I live in north Carolina. I will become 17 in 13 days. I really want my tounge pierced. I wanna know how old do you have to be where you don’t have to have a parent present?

  70. viola says:

    can you get a tattoo at the age of 15 in virginia with your parents permission?

  71. Aleeah A. says:

    i am 16 and i was wondering do i need a parent present when i get my lip pierced. i ask this because i have been devorced from my parents for a couple months and i live in the state of south carolina

  72. Debeny says:

    I am 14 turning 15 in 37 days and I live in Kansas city, Kansas. Does anyone know where I can get it done with parent consent.

  73. Shelbie(; says:

    I am looking into getting a tattoo while on vacation in Florida, i am a resident in Michigan and i was wondering at the age of 15, almost 16 if it is possible to get a tattoo in either state. My parents would be a part of this process also. Small tattoo in florida, and a bit of a larger one in Michigan. I have been researching around the internet for ages of tattooing and the laws for Florida, but i keep coming across different answers. I was wondering if there is someone out there that could help me? Thank you very much.

    • Lorna says:

      In both Florida and Michigan you have to have written parental consent if you’re under 18, but in Florida the consent paper needs to be notarized, so you’re probably better off getting tatted in your home state. Hope this helps. :)

  74. Ashlei says:

    In Arkansas, what age do you have to be to get your nose pierced? I’m 14 and with my 22 year old sister and I really want to get it done.

  75. Meria says:

    I want to get an industrial piercing in my left ear and I live in alabama, is it legal?

  76. Mickey says:

    I live in Virginia and I want my nose pierced. I am 14 and was wondering if it is legal for me to get my nose pierced with my parents signature. Thanks

  77. jessica says:

    I want to get my industrial piercing the day of my birthday I know what tattoo parlor I’m going to get it I’m getting it on both ears I have my parents permission but I Don’t have a ID I’m currently 15 I’m turning 16 on June 19 can I take my birth certificate or anything else that proves I’m 16?

  78. Courtney says:

    Hi! I was just wondering if in Wisconsin, I could get my upper lobe and possibly an orbital piercing done. I am 13 and I would have parental consent. My mom and I called a few shops and they said I couldn’t because I’m under 16. Also a girl I know got her nose pierced in Illinois with a needle and she is under 16 too. Are the laws different in Illinois than in Wisconsin? Please reply ASAP, maybe before this Thursday. Thank you! :)

    • Lorna says:

      Yes, the laws are different in Illinois than in Wisconsin. Unfortunately in your state a recent health code has been passed disallowing all minors under the age of sixteen to be pierced anywhere but their ears, and they define ears as lobes only. Even though the health code doesn’t specifically state that needle piercing versus gun piercing is illegal, in most cases trained piercers from a shop (who use needles only) will avoid piercings of minors altogether. If you cross the border into most of your neighboring states though (Iowa is the least strict) getting a piercing as long as you’re accompanied by a parent or guardian is perfectly legal. Hope this helps.

  79. lala says:

    I’m getting snakebites soon and I’m 15 years old<3
    Can't wait! Might get 'em next week.

  80. Bonnie says:

    I’m 16 and ever since I was 13 I’ve wanted to get my nose done. I did it myself when I was 14 and it came out fine but my mom made me take it out. She said I could only get piercings beside my ears until I was 16. But since last year I’ve been wanted to get my belly button done. All my friends have it done and I really want one but I know that my mom (still) won’t let me get my even my nose done, she won’t ever consider me getting my belly button done. But I was looking on the internet to find places where I could do it and was wondering if since I’m 16 do I need a parent to be there or can I just go by myself?

    • dominique says:

      Search on google piercing laws for ____________(your state)
      It will tell you, then pick a highly know and very clean show, call them and ask their stores policies some have them some don’t

  81. Spike2324 says:

    I live in maine and i want to get my ear lobe peirced but my mom wont give me permission is it illegal to go to a different state to get a piercing when u live in another?

    • Brianna says:

      You can pierce your ears at home. Piercing your ears isn’t illegal in any way at all. I pierced my ears at home. I have two piercings on the bottom half of my left ear and two piercings on the bottom half of my right ear and my cartilage pierced on my right ear.

    • dominique says:

      No it is not illegal, many people do it.
      My mom gave me permission and i have 7 ear piercings cartilage & lobe, and will be getting my belly pierced soon.

  82. Marissa Gebhard says:

    Hey, I’m 14, And I’m getting a tattoo (Reason is a personal issue) But I’m wondering if anybody knows if it’s legal to get it done in the state of Florida, Pennsylvania, Or Virginia? (If you’re just going to tell me not to get one please do not comment, I have my parents permission and that’s all that matters.) Please let me know. :) Also is it legal for me to get my tongue pierced in Virginia? (:

  83. XXXnotsosuperxXx says:

    I went to a local piercing place, they told me I have to be 15. Im 14 . liars!

  84. Jessica says:

    I want to get my triple helix pierced & I wanna know how old do you have to be to get it pierced, I’m 14 & I live in Maryland.

  85. Sam says:

    I am laughing so hard. It’s honestly best to wait until you are in your twenties to get a tattoo because you know you won’t regret them since you have thought them through since your teenage years. Your skin will also have started to slow the growing process. Keep in mind, I’m almost 18 and the only piercings I have are my nose, my lobes (twice) and my first holes are stretched at a 0 gauge, and my cartilage. It is so ridiculous to think that there are CHILDREN who haven’t even started their menstrual cycles yet and are piercing their belly buttons and noses. I had my nose pierced for my seventeenth birthday last year and I had to pay for it myself.

    Don’t get a piercing because of your friends having it. Get it because YOU truly want it or else you’re going to be stuck with an unnecessary hole in your skin. And if you are under the age of 15, you shouldn’t even think about getting something you want permanently on your body forever. You’re still a child, you may think you aren’t, but you really are. You haven’t experienced much of the world yet, so just wait for a few more years. You’ve waited long enough, anyways, a few more years won’t hurt you too terribly.

    That’s just my two cents about this.

  86. Ahdlc23 says:

    I’ll be 14 soon and I want to get my eye brow pierced. Does anybody know at what age you need to be to get your eyebrow pierced with parent consent in the state of Washington?

  87. Brianna says:

    I am 15 years old and I live in Southern Illinois. I want to get my lip pierced. With parental consent, how old do I have to be?

  88. Katie says:

    Does anyone know a place in Virginia where you can get your hips pierced at 16 I already have mine pierced but my friend really wants to get her hips done

  89. Simone says:

    I want my nose pierced and I’m 17 my mom says she won’t permit me to get one so if I can find a place without a parents signature I can get one. I live in South Dakota my friend at work has her nose bell button and her hips pierced and she told me to go to the election crayon in town I’m guessing they don’t card considering I’m pretty sure all the websites say you have to be 18 or have parents present. It would nice to know ASAP!

  90. Jazmine says:

    I am 14 and turning 15 in November, I was curious to know if facial peircing scar? My mom said I can’t have any facial peircings because they scar, I wanted a simple lip piercing on the right side, is it legal to get a peircing at age 14 here in Alaska?

  91. tristan says:

    i am 13yrs old and i wanna know how old u have to be to get a tattoo in the state of texas?

  92. Kial says:

    I’m 12 and I’m really wanting to get a tattoo. I live in Indiana and im just wanting people’s opinions of what I should do. I know what I want to get and its able to be covered and its small. Does anyone know a place in Indiana that would tattoo a minor who’s almost 13?

  93. eric says:

    Im 13 turning 14 in 2 months more and im almost getting the undustrial the tunnel plugs,the lip piercing too, and im getting the other ear piercing from my other side of my ear.

  94. Joe says:

    I’m 14 and I was wondering if I should get snakebites. I’ve been wanting them for a good 2 years and afraid they will hurt. I hate needles but love snake bites. I’m also a male if that matters. :I

  95. Adam says:

    I’m 16 almost 17 and I’m wondering if I can get a tattoo in the state of Wisconsin. It means a lot to me and want to know my mother approves of it.

  96. Taylor says:

    I have been reading these comments and some of you kids are insane! Tattoos at the age of 11 & 12? Holy sh*t! I grew up around people with tattoos and always wanted one my self but I didn’t even think about that stuff till I was 14! The summer after that I thought about it and I got something basic for my first tattoo at 15. Well it’s been a little over two years and I REGRET it sooo bad! My body wasn’t done growing and I got stretch marks for a really quick growth spurt and they ruined it. I am now kicking my self for not waiting because if I had waited two more years I would of been able of to prevent it from becoming deformed and having to be covered or even worse removed. Your body is not done growing! Please wait! And if you wait just a couple more years for it you may even change your mind on it and want something else. I know it’s EXTREMELY hard to wait for a tattoo but I feel it’s for the best.

  97. kayla says:

    i’ve asked my mom if i can get a lip piercing and she said yes can you get a lip piercing in nevada. btw im 12

  98. Emmaleigh says:

    I’m 16 1/2, I”ve been wanting a belly button piercing since I was 14. I’ve already pierced it once (like a month ago) but it came out while I was sleeping and it was only pierced three days before that. I really liked it and I want it again! But I really do not want to do it myself again. I live in New Hampshire, is it legal for me to get it done professionally without my parents being there? They won’t even let me get my nose done, they would never allow my belly to be done!

  99. Shannon lee says:

    Um… I’m 13 and I want to get my tongue pierced with my best friend.
    I think these laws are great. But now I have to get my moms permission because I live in Alabama .

  100. Sabrina Whiteman says:

    I am 17 years old and I’m trying to get my tongue pierced. I live in Oklahoma and I’m also independent with no parents. how would I go about getting it done if I have to have a parent there with me? can I have my 21 year old sister with or what I’m needing advise please respond !

  101. nicole says:

    Im 13 and i want my bellybutton peirced. is it legal in colorado to get your bellybutton pierced with parent permission?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s legal in your state with parental consent, but some artists may not be comfortable piercing someone your age, so it’s best to call ahead if you’re thinking of getting it done. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment! :)

  102. Ashlyn says:

    Does it hurt to get your septum pierced?

  103. jessie says:

    you thugs are crazy I didnt get my first tat until 17 and me an my mom got matching ones for my dad, and btw the way I’m 22 so I’m legal everywhere!! I have 5 tattoos and three piercings. juss because ur into something at the time doesn’t mean u should brand yourself forever. most of you are babies. my kids better not dare ask me at ten to get a tattoo or piercing or they will get that butt whooped!

  104. William says:

    I’m 12, I’ve been looking into a septum, and spider bites. Is it legal in North Carolina to get them with parental consent?

  105. Tori says:

    I’m 16 and I will be 17 in July, I live in wi and want a tatto of someone every close that died. I wanted to know what the age limit is in Michigan

  106. nicole says:

    I live in mississippi and i want to knw if u have parental consent can u get ur tongue pierced at 16

  107. Roselia says:

    i live in colorado and i want my bellybutton peirced. my mom said it was okay im going to be 16 on sunday and i already have 2 other piercings..she will go with me so is it okay?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s not illegal in your state, but most places will prefer that you bring a parent with you since their consent is usually required when you’re under 18 in Colorado. Hope you enjoy your new piercing! :)

  108. Tanner says:

    I’m 16 and have been wanting a tattoo for years and my mother and father said I could get one. But we dont know were to go? I live in Wisconsin, is it legal for me to get a tattoo here with my parent/s?

  109. Mekayla says:

    Hi, I’m mekayla and I’m 12 turning 13 in May the 9 I was wondering is it allegal for me to get my belly pierced in va my mom sai she will take me if it’s legal and I need to know this quick because she gets paid next week and I want to know this before her money runs out

  110. swimmer23 says:

    My sister got her belly button pierced when she was 13 but now she is 20. should i pierce my belly button or not?

  111. Maddison says:

    Im about to turn 16, and i was wondering, In the state of Washington, how old do you have to be to get your tongue pierced?

  112. Amy says:

    Ok I’m 12 and was wondering how old do you have to be to get a spider bite piercing in Missouri? I really want one but haven’t asked my parents yet. I’m just doing research to persuade them for it on my 13 or 14 birthday. I know I need a parents consent but I was just wondering what the legal age for a spider bite piercing is and it’s cost?

    • Amy says:

      Oops I did that twice see I guess that just goes to show I should wait because I can’t even make up my mind!

  113. Izzy says:

    I want to get my nose and cartalige in my ear pierced. I am 15 and live in two states, Tennessee and Washington state. I can get parent approval in both states. Can and should I get it done? I also want to get a small tattoo that means a lot to me, can and should I get it?

  114. Lauren says:

    Hey I’m 12 about to turn 13 in July. I want to get my belly button pierced for my birthday and I live in Colorado. Is it legal if I get my parents permission?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s technically legal in Colorado as long as you have parental consent, but some piercers prefer not to pierce so young, so it would be a good idea to call around first and find a piercer who’s definitely willing to do it. Also, written consent is the standard, but under 18 a lot of places will require the parent to be present as well, so that’s best to find out beforehand too. Hope this helps, and enjoy your piercing!

  115. sandra says:

    Im 14 and i want to get my tongue pierced and I live in texas. can I get it and what do I need to be able to get it?

  116. Kim says:

    Hey I am 14, I want to get my belly button pierced for my Christmas so it has a good 6 months to heal before next summer. I called all of the places in Wisconsin(where I live) and they say I need to be 16 with parental consent. Could I just go to Illinois and get it pierced there with my parent and birth certificate????

    • Chris says:

      Kim you cannot legally do that and get away with it they will not pierce you. They have to follow by the laws in your state.

  117. Caitlin says:

    Hi! I just turned 14 in may & i was wondering if its legal in Delaware to get your bellybutton pierced w/ parent consent & where they would do it…

  118. karrina says:

    hey! my name is vanessa i live in nevada my mom i said i can get a monroe piercing and a lip piercing i already have my nose pierced and how old do i have to be to get them done so can anyone tell me asap -♡Vanessa♡

  119. Char says:

    I’m 13 and my mom said I could get my belly button done! I live in Wisconsin but we are taking a family trip to Illinois in a few weeks. Does anyone know where or even if I can get that done I’m the Chicago area?

  120. Ami says:

    I’m 16 now and my friends turned 18 but if I wanted a tattoo or piercing could they sign for me if I went to the shop and I live in New York.

    • Lorna says:

      Hello!
      Unfortunately friends cannot sign off on piercings or tattoos. It has to be a parent or legal guardian, and in most cases, the shop will want that person to be with you at the time of service. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment.

  121. katie aldworth says:

    I’m 14 and i want my lip pierced and a tattoo and i live in billingham which is in England, north east. i was wondering if you could get a piercing and tattoo with a note off your parents saying you have there concent instead of them coming with you

  122. Tia says:

    I’m going to be 15 in a couple of mouths and I wanted to get snakebites… I just want to try something new. But will it hurt??

  123. Lay says:

    Ok so im 13 and Live in Virginia. I want to get 1 piercing on my left lip. Is there any possible way I can??? Where?

  124. Anonymoussss says:

    I’m 12 and I live in michigan, can I get my monroe pierced ??

  125. Paaatttyyy says:

    Heyy! ✌️ well I’m 16 and live in Washington state. I really wanna get spider bites but my parents don’t want me to so they won’t take me. I talked about it with my cousin and friend, they surprisingly said they were willing to take me. I don’t know if that would work though. Could it work? Like have them be with me or something? I mean cuz I don’t really want my parents to know. As in hiding it, it wouldn’t be that hard.

  126. emily says:

    i live in WV and I’m 11 i want my industrial bar

  127. Sydnie says:

    I’m 12 and I want to get a lip ring. I live in Eastern Kentucky. Knott county. Is it legal to get it done with a parent present and with permission?

  128. Katie isaac says:

    Do you have to have a parent signature for a tattoo if your 18 in the state of north Carolina?

  129. Erikah says:

    Hi, Im fifteen and I want to get my nose pierced. I live in southern Oklahoma so for my birthday (it was actually a week or two later) my mom and I went to Texas to get my nose pierced. We went to a legitimate Tattoo Parlor/ piercing place but they said I have to have a state ID if I am under sixteen. I was just wondering if this rule is legitimate and if so do you have to have a state ID to have it done in Oklahoma.

  130. Tarche' says:

    Hi, I am 13 years old and I want to get my lip pierced where can I get it I live in Petersburg Virginia. I want ed. It for my birthday and I wanna know where can I get by I’m underage

    • Lorna says:

      Hello!
      For a list of reputable piercers in your area you can go to http://www.safepiercing.org It’s best to call ahead to a parlor you’d like to go to and ask if they’ll pierce someone as young as you are, because some prefer not to, but either way you’ll need a parent or legal guardian to be present at the parlor with you and give their consent. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment. :)

  131. haleigh178 says:

    I’m 11 and I live in Indiana. can I get my belly pierced?

  132. Kacey says:

    How old do you have to be to get a tattoo is new York?

    • Lorna says:

      Hello!
      Even though there’s no clear state-wide law in full effect, it’s technically a violation of section 260 of the New York penal law to mark a minor (under 18) with ink. Consequentially, most artists will not tattoo persons under the age of 18 regardless of consent. If you have parental permission and are over 16, it’s best to call ahead to any tattoo parlor in your area or an adjacent state to see what their individual policies entail. Hope this helps!

  133. Sunni May says:

    I got my snake bites done and I’m only 14 and I’m getting my eyebrow next and then my nose. and then I’m getting my tattoo when I’m 15 which is in 3 months… So these laws were helpful.. And my mom pierced her own nose and her sister’s eyebrow and she tried to pierce my nose… She’s crazy!! She has her eyebrow pierced, her nose done she has snake bites, a vertical lebret, her tongue, her Monroe, her navel, and her v pierced and she has over 40 tattoos, and one going down her face next to her eye… Like I said.. Shes crazy!!!

  134. Sunni May says:

    Oh yea and I live in Oregon too

  135. jasmine says:

    I’m 15 i turn 16 in a couple of months . i want to get my bellybutton pierced (without my parents consent), with my friend. she’ll be 18 a little after i turn 16. i live in Oregon, i look a little older than my age. can i get it done?

    • Lorna says:

      It’s always best to call ahead and ask exactly what your piercer requires, because a friend who’s over 18 has no legal bearing on the situation. Consent has to come from a parent or legal guardian. Hope this helps.

  136. Fatima says:

    I live in Utah I’m 12 years old and my parents let me get piercings and I want to get snake bites. You think I could get my lips pierced with my parents permission? Would it be illegal? My friend’s aunt knows how to do piercings.

  137. Lydia says:

    im 15, i live in kansas, and i only have ear piercings. im seeing chicks at 10 getting f*in belly button piercings. i might just be old fashion but i think they might turn a little exotic too soon. and tattoos at twelve??! thats terrible.
    anyways my parents are a bit strict i know but im talking my parents into getting me a simple lip piercing. thats what i want for now, maybe butter them up a bit so maybe i can squeeze in an eyebrow or dermal piercing. i just came here for laws and aldo i see comments of people asking whats legal like did you even read the information what. ok i felt the comments opinion needs to be said but im done now

  138. destiny says:

    I live in delware were can I get my snake bite done at for a 14 year old

  139. mikayla says:

    I’m 13 and I live in Ohio… is it legal for me to get my belly button pierced? And does anyone know a way to convince my parents to let me get it.. they’re really strict.

  140. Abby says:

    I’m 16 and I want my nose done and I live in michigan but my mom wont let me and can I get it done?

  141. zoila parada says:

    im 13 . i live in texas and my parents said i can get a nose peircing but idk where to go .

  142. Avery says:

    im 13 and live in connecticut.. does anyone know where i can get my nose done? most places i’ve called have a minimum piercing age of 14 or 16

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