Business Answers About Licensed Facilities
On this page:
- Do I need a license to practice micropigmentation?
- How do I apply for a license to practice micropigmentation?
- Are there additional requirements to maintain licensure?
- Are the micropigmentation rules applicable to hospitals, medical institutions and physicians?
- How soon can I open or how soon do I get my license after an application is submitted?
- How much does a license to practice micropigmentation cost?
- Are licenses transferable?
- What is the minimum age requirements to receive micropigmentation services?
- How does micropigmentation differ from tattooing?
- Can I transfer my out-of-state license to Maine?
- Who is my district health inspector?
- How do I request an inspection?
- How soon can I get an inspection?
- Who do I speak with if I have technical questions about the requirements to practice micropigmentation?
- What other regulations do I need to be aware of to practice micropigmentation?
- Where can I find the micropigmentation rules?
A Department of Health and Human Services license is required for the practice of micropigmentation. However, a person enrolled in a program of training to become a micropigmentation practioner may perform micropigmentation in the course of that training, but only under the direct supervision of a licensed micropigmentation practitioner. Please refer to section 8 of the micropigmentation rules for education and training requirements.
You may download an application or call the Health Inspection Program’s main line at 207-287-5671 for a hard copy.
The application requires you to provide information about the applicants name, home and mailing address, Evidence of completion of education or training under the direct supervision of a license micropigmentation practitioner, copy of a high school diploma or equivalent, copies of any licenses, registrations, diplomas or certificates issued to the applicant as a micropigmentation practitioner. Please refer also to section 8 of the micropigmentation rules for education and training requirements. You must provide a copy a water test if you use a well as a water supply, and a copy of your septic system’s design if you are not on a public sewer.
All applicants practicing in the State of Maine shall become Board Certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, within 2 years of obtaining their license to practice.
The micropigmentation rules are not applicable to licensed medical hospitals, and similarly licensed medical institutions, physicians or persons operating under the control or supervision of a physician.
Once the district health inspector has given approval for you to operate your establishment, within 30 days of receipt of a complete application, if there are no outstanding issues, the Health Inspector will inform the Licensing Clerk to issue your license. This generally is within a week once the Health Inspector informs the Licensing Clerk.
Licenses are issued biennially. Please refer to the fee table located within the application.
No. Health Inspection Program licenses are not transferable.
The minimum age is 18. No micropigmentation shall be practiced on any person who is less than 18 years of age, as verified by a driver’s license, liquor ID card, military ID card, or other adequate record.
Micropigmentation machines are lightweight implantors that lack the power of conventional tattooing machines, and are designed primarily for facial cosmetic procedures. Micropigmentation does not include tattooing.
The Department of Health and Human Services accepts reciprocity of out-of-state licenses. You must provide the Department with evidence of training documenting hours of written and practical instruction, equal to the training requirements of Maine practitioners as listed in Section 8 of the micropigmentation rules, and board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, as proof of basic competence, within two years of obtaining a license to practice.
You may call the Health Inspection Program main line at 207-287-5671 to find out who the inspector is for your town, or view a list in xls format.
Once your application has been submitted, your district health inspector will be in contact with you to set up a pre-operational inspection.
If you need a routine inspection, you may contact the district health inspector directly.
This depends on the Health Inspectors schedule as inspections are prioritized. Once the Health Inspector has completed your inspection and given approval to operate, you may operate your establishment. You do not need to wait for the license as your inspection with the approval of the inspector is written on the report. You will generally receive your license within a week after approval. By statute the Health Inspection Program shall issue a license within 30 days of receipt of a complete application, if the establishment is found to comply with rules adopted by the Department.
Your district health inspector can assist you with these questions. You may call the Health Inspection Program main line at 207-287-5671 to find out who the inspector is for your town, or view a list in xls format.
Other regulations which may affect operation of a micropigmentation practice include, but are not limited to, the Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules; the Drinking Water Rules; the Life Safety Code; the Internal Plumbing Rules; and those of the Fire Marshall’s Office.
You should also check with your local municipal officials to see if there are local zoning issues or permits that you must obtain before operating your establishment.
The Rules Relating to Micropigmentation Practioners can be downloaded from our website, or we can mail you a hard copy. Download a copy of the Rules.