It is very important that you understand that schools DO NOT issue licenses in any industry. Licensing is issued by your local municipality and governed by your state health department, or state board. What signature Tattoo Institute issues is a universal certification that can be used for your state to obtain a license. In addition, some states also require training hours from a licensed tattoo school, which we are. We are a school Licensed by the Department of Education, and certified by our state Health Department to certify our students.