Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors

Since 2005, AIM has led the effort to pass indoor tanning legislation—laws that protect minors from the dangers of indoor tanning devices—across the country. We work with other non-profit organizations, state officials, politicians, lobbyists, and private individuals in each state.

Currently, 44 states have a statute in place that in some way restricts a minor’s use of commercial tanning devices. These restrictions range from the most mild of limitations—such as simply requiring parental consent for minors to use the tanning devices—to the most stringent—which is a no-exceptions ban on use of the devices by anyone under 18 years old.

AIM advocates only for full under 18 bans. Our efforts have led to 20 states and the District of Columbia passing complete bans on minors using commercial indoor tanning devices. In addition to these 20 states, Washington and Oregon have passed nearly complete bans, allowing for minors’ use only with a medical exception.

See below for a list of states that introduced some sort of indoor tanning legislation this year. Click on the state to find out more information about the legislation.

See farther below for a list of all 44 states that have passed laws that provide some form of under 18 restriction on indoor tanning; click on the state to find out more about the legislation. The states with a “thumb’s up” icon are those that have complete under 18 bans on the use of commercial tanning devices.

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States that Introduced Indoor Tanning Legislation in 2020

HB 2091

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

SB 1402

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices and provides for regulation.

HB 1340

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices and provides for regulation.

HB 723

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

SB 2491

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

HB 1892

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices. It would also require tanning facilities to receive permits as well as direct the department of health and senior services and the department of commerce and insurance to promulgate rules.

HB 1542

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

SB 6825

Would prohibit minors under 21 from indoor tanning devices.

LB140

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

HB 329

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

HB 3506

Would reduce restrictions currenlty in place by allowing persons over 16 year to use any tanning device of any tanning facility with parental consent.

SB 909

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

H 3807

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

HB 34

Would prohibit minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

HB 38

Would prohibit minors under 18 from using a tanning device.

Approved by Governor 3/23/20; Effective 7/1/20

States with Some Form of Indoor Tanning Restriction for Minors

Law: Code of Alabama 1975 Section 22-17B-2

Age Restriction: Under 15, 15, 16-17

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 15 from using tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician. Requires 15-year-olds to provide parent/guardian in-person written consent and the parent/guardian is present at the facility during the use of the device. Requires 16 and 17-year-olds to provide parent/guardian in-person written consent.

Law: AZ Admin. Code R12-1-1414 A2

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors under 18.

Law: Ark. Stat. Ann. 20-27-2202

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors under 18.

Law: CA Bus. and Prof. Code 22706 (b) (3) and (4)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, CA was the first state in the nation to ban use of UV indoor tanning devices for ALL minors under 18.

Law: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-232

Age Restriction: Under 17

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 17 from using tanning devices.

Law: Del. Code Ann. tit, 16 § 30D

Age Restriction:  Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: DC Act 20-549

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: FL Stat. Ann. § 381.89 (1998)

Age Restriction: Under 14; 14-18

Ban Details: Parents/guardians must accompany minors under 14 on all visits. Requires parent/guardian written consent for minors between 14-18.

Law: GA Code Ann. § 31-38-8 (2010)

Age Restriction: Under 14; 14-18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 14 from using tanning devices. Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors 14 years of age or over but under 18 years of age.

Law: HRS § 321-12.2

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: ID Code Section 18 – 1523

Age Restriction: Under 14; Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 14 from tanning devices. Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors 14 until 18.  Allows minors to use tanning devices when authorized by a physician’s prescription.

Law: IL Admin. Code  Title 77; Sec. 795.190 (c)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: IN Code Ann. § 25-8-15.4-16

Age Restriction: Under 16; 16 and 17

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 16 from using tanning devices. Minors 16 and 17 require parent/guardian in-person written consent.

Law: Kan. Stat. Ann.  1931 (2016)

Age Restriction:  Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: KRS Chapter 217.922

Age Restriction: Under 14; 14-18

Ban Details: Parent/guardian must accompany children under the age of 14. Requires parent/guardian written consent for someone under 18.  The consent is valid for 1 calendar year.

Law: LA Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40:2707

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devic

Law: 10-144 Dept. of Human Services ch. 223 12A (3)(f)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

Law: Md. Health Code Ann. § 20-106

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

Law: MA Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 111 Public Health § 211

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibit minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: MI Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.13405

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Requires in-person consent for minors under 18. Valid for 1 year.

Law: MN Stat. Ann. § 325H.085

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: Miss Code Ann. § 41-115-1

Age Restriction: Under 14; Under 18

Ban Details: Parent/guardian must accompany minor under 14 during the entire time that the minor uses a tanning device at the tanning facility. Requires in-person written consent for minors under 18.  Valid for 1 year and must specify the number of sessions.

Law: RSMo Section 577.665.1

Age Restriction: Under 17

Ban Details:  Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent annually for minors under 17.

Law: NE Laws 2014, LB132, §4-6

Age Restriction: Under 16

Ban Details:  Requires minors under 16 be accompanied by a parent/guardian and the parent/guardian before each use provides in-person written consent.

Law: NRS 597.7617

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details:  Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: NH Rev. Stat. Ann. § tit. XXX 313-A:31

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details:  Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: NJ Rev. Stat. § C. 26:2D-82.1

Age Restriction: Under 17; Under 14

Ban Details:  Prohibits minors under 17 from using tanning devices. 17 year olds must obtain parent/guardian written consent. Prohibits minors under 14 from using spray tan.

Law: NY Public Health Law Article 35-A ch. 3555

Age Restriction: under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

Laws:  NC Gen. Stat.§ 104E-9.1   HB 158 / S.L. 2015-21 (= S125)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: ND Cent. Code § Health and Safety Chapter 23-39

Age Restriction: Under 14; 14-18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 14 from using tanning devices without a physician’s written prescription. Parents/guardians must accompany minors under 14 on all visits. Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors under 18. Valid for 12 months.

Law: OH Admin. Code 4713-19-09 (B)

Age Restriction: Under 16; Under 18

Ban Details: Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian each time. Ages 16-17 requires in-person written consent for 90-days, but not for more than 45 visits.

Law: 63 OK Stat § 63-7302 (2018)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: OAR 333-119-0090 (2)

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician.

Law: 2014 Act No. 41

Age Restriction: Under 17; 17

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 17 from using tanning devices. Requires parent/guardian written consent for 17 year olds.

Law: Dept. of Health Rules and Regulations for the Registration of Tanning Facilities Part III; Sec. 9.5

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

Law: SC Code Ann. § ch. 61, sec. 106-3.7.1

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors under 18.

Law: TN Code Ann. § 68-117-104

Age Restriction: Under 16; 14-18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 16 from indoor tanning devices. A person between 16 and 18 years of age shall be accompanied by the person’s parent or legal guardian when using a tanning device who must sign a warnings statement. For subsequent visits, the person between 16 and 18 years of age may use a tanning device at that tanning facility without the parent/guardian present on a subsequent visit as long as the signed statement remains on file with the tanning facility.

Law: TX Health and Safety Code Ann. § 145.008

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: UT Code Ann. § 26-15-13

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Parent/guardian must accompany minors under 18 at each visit. Prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning device unless the minor (i) has a written order from a physician or (ii) at each time of use the minor is accompanied by a parent/guardian who provides written consent authorizing the minor to use the tanning device.

Law: Title 18 V.S.A. § 1513

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: VA Code § 59.1-310.3

Age Restriction: Under 15

Ban Details: Requires parent/guardian written consent for unemancipated minors under 15. Valid for 6 months.

Effective: 7/1/20

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from indoor tanning devices.

Law: WA Title 18 RCW Business and Professions Chapter 18, 370

Age Restriction: Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices unless prescribed by a physician.

Law: W.V. Code Ann. §16-45-3

HB 2520

Age Restriction:  Under 18

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 18 from using tanning devices.

Law: WI Code Ann. § 463.25(9)(a)

Age Restriction: Under 16

Ban Details: Prohibits minors under 16 from using tanning devices.

Law: W.S. 14-3-108

Age Restriction: Under 15; 15-18

Ban Details: Requires parent/guardian accompany minor under 15 on all visits, sign in-person consent, and is present the entire time of use. Requires parent/guardian in-person written consent for minors age 15 to the age of majority. Consent is valid for 12 months.

Source: AIM at Melanoma and StateNet.
Note: List may not be comprehensive but is representative of the state laws that exist. AIM appreciates additions and corrections. Contact us at sguild@AIMatMelanoma.org.