Fact – Notaries play an important role in the tattoo industry! Tattoos have shifted from a form of eccentricity to a form of expression. Today, individuals of various cultures, background and age groups acquire tattoos that vary in meaning as well as style. Laws that apply to the acquisition of tattoos vary around the world but are state specific within the United States. For example, minors age 16 and 17 (in the state of Florida) must have a consent form notarized prior to receiving a tattoo. The associated statue 381.00787 outlines the following as it relates to such:
A person may not tattoo the body of a minor child who is at least 16 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, unless:
- The minor child is accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian;
- The minor child and his or her parent or legal guardian each submit proof of his or her identity by producing a government-issued photo identification;
- The parent or legal guardian submits his or her written notarized consent in the format prescribed by the department;
- The parent or legal guardian submits proof that he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the minor child; and
- The tattooing is performed by a tattoo artist or guest tattoo artist licensed under ss. 381.00771–381.00791 or a person licensed to practice medicine or dentistry under chapter 458, chapter 459, or chapter 466.
The written notarized consent for tattooing of a minor child, age 16 through 17 form can be acquired via the State of Florida Department of Health website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/tattooing/_documents/Notarized_Minor_Consent.pdf.
For additional information on state specific laws as it relates to tattoos, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_status_of_tattooing_in_the_United_States .