Exotic Dancer License, Stripper License, Dancer Permit, and Sheriff’s Card

How to become a stripper. Do you need a license or permit to be an exotic dancer? In most cases, yes. However, the requirement for licenses, permit, and ID depends on the state, county, or city where you will be dancing or stripping. Individuals who engage in striptease-type acts involving dance or similar types of entertainment while removing clothing so as to eventually appear in a state of nudity or partial nudity for payment of money in a home, business, or some other place where the stripper, or exotic dancer, does not regularly dance. As a private exotic dancer, you will need a federal tax ID and a Business License. You will need the federal ID to provide to anyone that you receive more than $600 per year, so you can be issued a 1099 Form to pay self-employment taxes. Also, see Stripping on your resume, and how to sell it. Search and post jobs here.

United Kingdom

British Virgin Islands


United States Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, St. Croix, St.John

United States

US StateCitiesMale ClubsFemale Clubs    
ArizonaAZExotic Dancer License ArizonaDancing License Phoenix        
ArkansasARLittle Rock         
CaliforniaCALos Angelesexotic dancer permit California         
ColoradoCOExotic Dancer License Colorado         
¨C9C DelawareDEDelaware License          
¨C10C FloridaFLMiamiNot Needed         
¨C11C GeorgiaGAExotic Dancer License Atlanta         
¨C12C HawaiiHIHonolulu         
¨C13C IdahoIDIdaho Club License         
¨C14C IllinoisILChicago Adult Use Regulation          
¨C15C IndianaINIndianapolis         
¨C16C IowaIADes Moines         
¨C17C KansasKSTopekaWichita         
¨C18C Kentucky[E]KYKentucky Dance Permit          
¨C19C LouisianaLAExotic Dancer License New OrleansExotic Dancer License Ascension Parish Louisiana         
¨C20C MaineMEAugustaPortland         
¨C21C MarylandMDAnnapolisBaltimore         
¨C22C MassachusettsMABoston License         
¨C23C MichiganMIMichigan Dance PermitMichigan Club License         
¨C24C MinnesotaMNSt. PaulMinneapolis         
¨C25C MississippiMSMississippi License         
¨C26C MissouriMOJefferson CityKansas City         
¨C27C NebraskaNELincolnOmaha         
¨C28C NevadaNV2021 – No Contact, Bikini BarsExotic Dancer License Las Vegas         
¨C29C New HampshireNHExotic Dance License Not Needed          
¨C30C New JerseyNJTrentonNewark         
¨C31C New MexicoNMSanta FeAlbuquerque         
¨C32C New YorkNYNew YorkNot Needed         
¨C33C North CarolinaNCRaleighCharlotte         
¨C34C North DakotaNDBismarckFargo         
¨C35C OhioOHOhio Business License         
¨C36C OklahomaOKOklahoma City         
¨C37C OregonORSalemPortland         
¨C38C Pennsylvania[E]PAHarrisburgPhiladelphia         
¨C39C Rhode IslandRIProvidence         
¨C40C South CarolinaSCColumbiaCharleston         
¨C41C South DakotaSDPierreSioux Falls         
¨C42C TennesseeTNNashville Beer / Dance Permit         
¨C43C TexasTXExotic Dancer License Texas          
¨C44C UtahUTUtah Sexually Oriented Business License         
¨C45C VermontVTMontpelierBurlington         
¨C46C Virginia[E]VARichmondVirginia Beach         
¨C47C WashingtonWAKing County Dance Permit          
¨C48C West VirginiaWVABC License         
¨C49C WisconsinWIAdult Establishment License          
¨C50C WyomingWY

Organizations and Resources

Stripper Web – Exotic Dancer Community – a positive and friendly environment where strippers can learn from eachother. Get strip club reviews, chat, more.

PDX Sex Worker Relief Project This mutual aid fund aims to distribute relief to Sex Workers in the Portland metro area who are most marginalized by systemic oppression in the industry and most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soldiers of Pole is a labor movement of intersectional sex workers and strippers working collectively for the betterment, unionization and decriminalization of all sex workers in California and beyond.

Sex Workers Outreach Project is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

SWOP Behind Bars Sex Workers Outreach Project- USA is a national grassroots social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education, community building, and advocacy. In 2016, SWOP Behind Bars was founded to carry this mission further; to currently and formerly incarcerated sex workers.

Stroll PDX is a harm reduction organizing by sex workers in Portland, Oregon.

G.LI.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society) approaches the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers holistically using harm reduction, human rights principles, economic and social justice, along with a commitment to empowerment and pride in finding solutions from our own community.

Red Canary Song Red Canary Song is a grassroots collective of Asian migrant sex workers, organizing transnationally. Red Canary Song provides mutual aid support to Asian migrant worker communities in Queens.

Bay Area Workers Support (BAWS) is a peer-led, resource organization. They work for the health, safety, and livelihoods of people in the sex trade. They harness our community power to provide material resources, information, advocacy, and support.

Stilettos Inc. (Philadelphia Stripper Strike) mission is to educate, unify, support, and liberate strippers, sex workers, and allies.

Swarm Collective (U.K.-based sex worker group) is a collective founded and led by sex workers who believe in self-determination, solidarity and co-operation. They campaign for the rights and safety of everyone who sells sexual services.

Red Umbrella Fund is a Brooklyn based organization that promotes the rights of sex workers. They utilize different platforms and strategies to give voice to their sex workers. They encourage the safety and health of sex workers, and also provide counseling and job assistance.

Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry – Sex Work Matters brings together sex workers, scholars and activists to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by the police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry.

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