Body piercing, a form of body art, is the act of penetrating the skin to make, generally permanent in nature, a hole, mark, or scar. It does not include the use of a mechanized, pre-sterilized ear-piercing system that penetrates the outer perimeter or lobe of the ear or both.
In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed section 381.0075, Florida Statutes (F.S.) , providing guidance for operation of the body-piercing industry. Chapter 64E-19, Florida Administrative Code [F.A.C.] (40kb PDF) contains the rules that were written to implement the statute.
Making an Informed Decision
To assist in making an informed decision, the department also has developed a brochure containing 10 common questions related to body piercing. You can download the brochure in pdf format (1.6mb ) or it is available by contacting the body piercing program.
Training for Piercers and Operators
Operators and piercers (defined in section 381.0075, F.S. , and section 64E-19.002, F.A.C.(40kb PDF ), respectively) need training in infection control procedures prior to licensure of a body-piercing salon. Upon request, training course curriculum is reviewed by the Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Facility Programs, to ensure that good infection control procedures are taught to minimize the risk of injury and infection that can result from body piercing procedures. Training providers must have the required knowledge, experience, and credentials (12kb PDF).
News in the Program
Chapter 64E-19, F.A.C., has been updated.
There is a new version of Chapter 64E-19, F.A.C. (40kb PDF) The following is a summary of the changes.
The body piercing statute, section 381.0075, F.S., , contains the word "instruments" and the phrase "instruments that pierce the skin" when referring to devices used in a piercing procedure. The original body piercing rule language deviated from the statutory language by allowing "only single-use needles" and thus disallowed the use of other devices commonly used in the body piercing industry. We removed the rule word "needles" and inserted the word "instruments" in order to maintain consistency with statutory language and provide flexibility to body piercers who use devices other than needles. We also removed the words "scalpel blades" from the rule language because scalpel blades should not be used by body piercers.
The statute states that jewelry used in body piercings must be "free of nicks, scratches, or irregular surfaces." This is to reduce the jewelry surface area that might harbor pathogens. We included rule language that also states that instruments used during a piercing procedure must be "free of nicks, scratches, or irregular surfaces."
We also deleted two rules that were time-limited when the code was originally promulgated because those time limits were long expired. The first of those stated that building and equipment requirements were to be in compliance within six months after the start of the program and the second established the time frames for original training of body piercers and salon operators.
Questions or comments can be directed to (Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead contact these offices by phone or in writing (F.S. 668.6076)) Gina Vallone-Hood or Penny Barwick at the Bureau of Environmental Health, Facility Programs, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN A08, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1710. Ms. Vallone-Hood and Ms. Barwick can be reached by telephone at (850) 245-4277.
Dermal anchoring, also referred to as microdermal(s), anchors, and transdermals are single point piercings that consist of a point of entry but not a point of exit. Uniquely designed jewelry is inserted into the pierced area and sits below the skin where it becomes anchored. Jewelry removal sometimes only may be accomplished through surgical removal by a medical professional. Additional information about dermal anchoring can be found in The Point (pdf <1mb, opens in new window), a publication by the Association for Professional Piercers.
Subparagraph 381.0075(11)(a)5, F.S., states that body piercing salons must use only
jewelry that is made of implant grade, high-quality stainless steel, solid gold
of at least 14K weight, niobium, titanium, platinum, a dense, low-porosity
plastic, or silver and that is free of nicks, scratches, or irregular surfaces
for new piercings.
Rules, Applications, and Forms
All the files are in pdf format. If
your computer cannot read pdf files, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader, at
no charge, from the Adobe Internet site at
(NOTE: Before applying for
any body-piercing license, please contact your local County Health Department for
current information concerning the correct mailing address and any local fee.)
Contacts - Comments and Suggestions
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are
public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a
public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead,
contact this office by phone or in writing (F.S. 668.6076)