(720 ILCS 5/12C-40)
(was 720 ILCS 5/12-10.1)
Piercing the body of a minor.
(a)(1) A person commits piercing the body of a minor when he or she knowingly or recklessly pierces the body of a person under 18
years of age without written consent of a parent or legal guardian of that
person. Before the oral
cavity of a person under 18 years of age may be pierced, the written consent
form signed by the parent or legal guardian must contain a provision in
substantially the following form:
"I understand that the oral piercing of the tongue, lips, cheeks, or
any other area of the oral cavity carries serious risk of infection or damage
to the mouth and teeth, or both infection and damage to those areas,
that could result but is not limited to nerve damage, numbness, and life
threatening blood clots.".
A person who pierces the oral cavity of a person under 18 years of age
without obtaining a signed written consent form from a parent or legal guardian
of the person that includes the provision describing the health risks of body
piercing, violates this Section.
(2) A person who is an owner or employed by a business that performs
piercing may not permit a person under 18 years of age to enter or remain on
premises where body piercing is being performed unless the person under 18
years of age
is accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian.
(b) "Pierce" means to make a hole
in the body in order to insert or allow the insertion of any
ring, hoop, stud, or other object for the purpose of ornamentation of the
body. "Piercing" does not include tongue splitting as defined in Section
12-10.2. The term "body" includes the oral cavity.
(c) Exceptions. This Section may not be construed in any way to prohibit
any injection, incision, acupuncture, or similar medical or dental procedure
performed by a licensed health care professional or other person authorized to
perform that procedure or the presence on the premises where that procedure is being performed by a
health care professional or other person authorized to perform that procedure
under 18 years of age who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This Section does not prohibit ear piercing. This
Section does not apply to a minor emancipated under the Juvenile Court Act of
1987 or the Emancipation of Minors Act or by marriage. This Section does not apply to a person under 18 years of age who pierces the body or oral cavity of another person under 18 years of age away from the premises of any business at which body piercing or oral cavity piercing is performed.
(d) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.)