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ID Requirements & Piercing Age Restrictions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we are offering ear piercing services for kids eight to twelve years old at our Baltimore studio only. We will still be offering select piercing services to minors aged thirteen and older at both Philadelphia and Baltimore locations. More information is below.

ID Requirements for Adults

Clients who are at least 18 years or older must provide their ID for any service from our piercers, including removing or changing jewelry. We need your ID every time you request any procedure, even if you have shown it on a prior occasion. For our documentation, we must have valid, non-expired, government-issued photo ID. It must be the original; photocopies are not valid, unless the copy is notarized as being true to the original. 

If you have any questions about acceptable IDs, please give us a call before you make the trip. We don’t like turning away clients, so we’ll do our best to work with what you have to help you meet our ID requirements. For more information about rules for piercing and tattoo studios in Philadelphia, check out the Philadelphia Body Art Regulations.

Acceptable Forms of ID  
Driver's License  
Passport  
Military ID  
Permanent Resident Card  
Federal or State-issued photo ID  
Or one of these With one of the following
College or school photo ID Birth Certificate
Work photo ID Voter Registration
  Temporary Driver's License
Driver's Permit

Piercings for Minors

We offer earlobe piercing services on children at least 8 years of age (by appointment), earlobe and outer ear/helix piercings on clients at least 13 years of age, and select piercings on minors aged 16 to 17 years old, with a parent or legal guardian present. In accordance with Philadelphia regulations, we cannot offer piercing services besides earlobe and outer ear cartilage piercings to clientele younger than 16 years old, even with parental consent. For piercing services offered to minors, see below.

 Age Services Offered
8 to 12 years old Earlobes (By Appointment Only. See Below.)
13 to 15 years old

Earlobes and Outer Ear/Helix Piercings
Baltimore only: Nostril and Septum Piercings

16 or 17 years old Earlobes and All Ear Cartilage Piercings
Nostril and Septum Piercings
Eyebrow Piercings
Tongue and Lip Piercings, including Labret, Beauty Mark, & Philtrum Piercings
Navel Piercings

Please be aware: we reserve the right to decline performing certain piercings on minors, and we do not offer bridge piercings, surface piercings or surface anchors, cheek piercings, nipple piercings, or genital piercings to clients under 18 years of age.

ID Requirements for Minors

[ID requirements for earlobe piercings for children 8 to 12 years old is outlined following this section.]

For any piercing or jewelry insertion service for a minor, the minor will need a valid (non-expired) government-issued document that shows their date of birth as well as a photo ID. In addition, we will need a valid (non-expired) photo ID from the parent or legal guardian that proves they have legal responsibility for the minor. The minor’s and parent’s documentation must have matching last names and addresses. If the last names and/or addresses do not match, or if there is no address on one or both of the IDs, we will need the minor's original birth certificate to prove their relation to one another. If the adult accompanying the minor is not the parent but is the legal guardian, we will need additional guardianship paperwork as well.

Most importantly, all documents must be original or notarized copies of the original.

The easiest way to prove a minor’s age and relationship to their parent/guardian is with the following:

Minor Has  Parent/Guardian Has
Driver's License or State-issued photo ID (must include an address) Driver’s License, State, or Federal ID with the same last name and address that appears on minor’s ID.
Driver's Permit plus photo School/Work ID (same as above)
School or Work photo ID with Birth Certificate Driver’s License, State, or Federal ID with the same last name that appears on minor’s ID and Birth Certificate.*

Passport or Military ID with Birth Certificate

(same as above)

*If the name on the parent’s ID has changed since the birth certificate was issued, a marriage license or change-of-name form must also be presented.

If you are not the parent but are the legal guardian of the child, we will need official, original paperwork showing that you have legal responsibility for them. 

We realize this can be confusing, so if you have any questions about ID requirements please don’t hesitate to give us a call before you make the trip.

ID Requirements for Kids Earlobe Piercings

For earlobe piercings on children ages 8 to 12 years old, an appointment is required. See the link after ID information to book an appointment.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health categorizes earlobe piercings differently than other piercing services, so our ID requirements for kids earlobe piercings are a little different than with other piercings on minors.

We realize most children under 13 years of age don’t have photo identification. If your child has a photo ID, such as a school ID or passport, simply follow the instructions above. If your child does not have a photo ID, you will need to bring in their original birth certificate (or a notarized copy of the original). From the parent we will need a valid, non-expired, government-issued photo ID. If the name that appears on the parent's ID has changed since the birth certificate or guardianship paperwork was issued, a marriage license or change-of-name form must also be presented.

If you are not the parent but are the legal guardian of the child, we will need official, original paperwork showing that you have legal responsibility for them.

We realize this can be a lot for an ear piercing. Please understand that, for your child’s safety, we need to establish the person coming in is either a parent or legal guardian and can make legal decisions on behalf of the child. If you have any questions about ID requirements, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

If you have the required documentation and want to make an appointment to get your child’s earlobes pierced, head to the Kids Ear Appointments page to book an appointment.