Body Piercing Technicians in West Virginia are responsible for registering with the Public Health Sanitation
Division prior to doing business in West Virginia. Technician Registrations must be renewed annually.
The West Virginia
Body Piercing Studio Business
Rule 64-80, Section 9 requires that all Body Piercing Technicians attend an approved Exposure Control Training
course before they can receive their Registration. Training is valid for three years, after which time the
course must be repeated.
The following are approved Exposure Control Training Programs for Body Piercing Technicians:
The following American Red Cross courses - available at your
local ARC office, or click on the titles below for an online course
The OSHA course on Bloodborne Pathogen Training;
AboveTraining. com -
ProCPR - BloodBorne Pathogen Course
Equivalent training provided by professional body art organizations or equipment manufacturers.
Body Piercing Studios are permitted in their respective county by the
Departments. In order to establish a new, or remodel an existing Body Piercing Studio you are required
to submit a Plan Review Information Report to your Local Health Department.
Piercing Technicians are required to keep records of every piercing given to every client. A sample client
information form is provided below. Every client must also be given oral and written notification providing
detailed after care instructions for the piercing.
*On-Line Application and Payment
To Complete an Online Application for New or Renewal
Body Piercing Technician Certificate of Registration
You will need:
Body Piercing Studio(s) name, address and phone number at which you are
currently working or intend to work.
Card: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER
In addition to the application and fee you must
provide the following documents before your certificate of registration will
A copy of
Hepatitis B vaccination status:
A certificate of a completed vaccination
Laboratory evidence of immunity or
signed statement of vaccination declination
A copy of
Exposure Control Training
Red Cross – Preventing Disease Transmission
OSHA – Based Bloodborne Pathogen Control
AboveTraining.com - Bloodborne Pathogen Course
Professional Body Art/Equipment Manf. Course
These documents can be
faxed to: 304-558-1071
or mailed to: Office of Environmental Health Services
Public Health Sanitation Division
350 Capitol Street, Room 313
Charleston, WV 25301-
Attn: Body Piercing Certification
Body Piercing Technician Certificate of Registration will be processed
mailed after all required documents are received.
Click Here to begin Online Application
Body Piercing Studio Business Rule
Body Piercing Studio Business Forms
SG-49 - Application for Body Piercing Studio
Permit from Local Health Department
- Body Piercing Studio Business Rule
SG-86 - Plan Review Information Report (for new or
SG-88 - Application for Technician Registration
from State Health Department
SG-89 - Client Information and Notification
SG-90 - Hepatitis B Vaccination Declination Statement
68-80A - Public Notice: Body Piercing Disclosure Statement
This page contains links to external agencies. The West Virginia Department
of Health and Human Resources, Public Health Sanitation Division
responsible for the content of the those sites.
Body Piercing Links
Page Updated 01/15/2021