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A tattooist licence allows you to do body art tattooing for a fee or other compensation in NSW. You can apply and pay for this licence online, or alternatively, you can visit a service centre.

If you want to also operate the business, you'll need a separate tattoo parlour operator licence.


  • you must be at least 18 years of age and an Australian citizen or resident
  • you must not be a controlled member of a declared organisation.

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit NSW Fair Trading.

What you need

  • a National Police Check 
  • certified copies of three types of approved identification
  • details of your previous, current, existing or upcoming employment as a body art tattooist, including any employment as an apprentice
  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Log in or create an account.
  4. Complete the online application form.
  5. Enter your payment details.
  6. Read and confirm the declaration.
  7. Visit a police station to have your finger and palm prints taken, if requested.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

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