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Body Piercing

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Body Piercing Program  

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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 (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 (166KB pdf) containing 10 common questions related to body piercing.



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