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TITLE 18
CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
CHAPTER 15
CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
18-1523.  mINORS -- Tattooing, branding, TANNING DEVICES AND body piercing. (1) As used in this section:
(a)  "Body piercing" means the perforation of any human body part other than an earlobe for the purpose of inserting jewelry or other decoration or for some other nonmedical purpose.
(b)  "Branding" means a permanent mark made on human tissue by burning with a hot iron or other instrument for the purpose of decoration or for some other nonmedical purpose.
(c)  "Minor" means a person under the age of eighteen (18) years but does not include a person who is an emancipated minor.
(d)  "Physician" means any person who holds a license to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine as defined by section 54-1803, Idaho Code.
(e)  "Tanning device" means equipment that emits electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the air between two hundred (200) and four hundred (400) nanometers used for tanning of the skin including, but not limited to, sunlamps, tanning booths or tanning beds, but not including:
(i)   Devices for personal use in a private residence;
(ii)  Phototherapy devices providing therapeutic benefits to patients receiving medically supervised treatment prescribed by and under the direct supervision of a physician; or
(iii) Devices used to apply chemicals to the skin to create an artificial tan, commonly referred to as spray, spray-on, mist-on or sunless tans.
(f)  "Tattoo" means one (1) or more of the following but does not include any mark or design done for a medical purpose:
(i)   An indelible mark made on the body of another person by the insertion of a pigment under the skin; or
(ii)  An indelible design made on the body of another person by production of scars other than by branding.
(2)  No person shall knowingly tattoo, brand, facilitate use of a tanning device or perform body piercing on any minor under the age of fourteen (14) years.
(3)  No person shall knowingly tattoo, brand, facilitate use of a tanning device or perform body piercing on a minor between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) years unless such person obtains the prior written informed consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian. The minor's parent or legal guardian shall execute the written informed consent required pursuant to this subsection in the presence of the person performing the tattooing, branding or body piercing or facilitating the use of a tanning device on the minor, or in the presence of an employee or agent of such person.
(4)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, it shall not be a violation of this section for a physician to use radiation devices approved by the federal food and drug administration for in-office treatment of a minor's medical condition or to facilitate a minor's use of a tanning device where such use is authorized by a physician's prescription.
(5)  A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500). If there is a subsequent violation of this section within one (1) year of the initial violation, such person shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

History:
[18-1523, added 2004, ch. 127, sec. 1, p. 436; am. 2015, ch. 91, sec. 1, p. 225.]

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