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Body Art Card Requirements

How do I get a Body Art Card or the Body Art Apprenticeship Card?

You will apply for the card at the health district’s environmental health office at the City of Las Vegas Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Dr. Suite 450 Las Vegas, NV 89106 (map & directions. Visit Body Art Card webpage for additional information.

What is the difference between the Body Art Card and the Body Art Apprentice card?

Health district regulations require that body art staff meet certain requirements, including six months of training in a licensed establishment, they must be 18, must have completed infectious disease training, and pass an exam with a minimum score of 80 percent.

If an artist does not meet these requirements he or she must obtain the Body Art Apprentice Card first.

Applicants for a permanent Body Art Card must provide proof he or she has completed the above requirements and provide an employment letter from the shop or facility with health district permit.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the health district’s body art program, (702) 759-0677.

How much are the cards?

A new Body Art Card is $138 and this includes an exam and the fee. The renewal is $20. An additional $15 late fee will be applied to card renewals that have expired.

When do the cards expire?

Your card will be good for two years. If you are an apprentice, you must provide proof that you have completed at least six months of training in a licensed establishment, you must be 18, you must pass an exam with a minimum score of 80 percent, and provide a letter of employment to receive a permanent card.

It is at the employer’s discretion to sign off on your experience. The Experience Verification Form PDF 79KB must be submitted when he or she determines your training is complete. You must renew your Body Art Apprentice Card if it expires before your training is complete.

What are the requirements for the Body Art Card? Are they different from a health card?

You no longer need a health card, but the Body Art Card ensures that you meet certain requirements. You do not need TB screening or any immunizations, however, the health district recommends that you review your hepatitis A/B immunization status.

If you have a current, valid health card you do not need a Body Art Card until your current health card expires. Visit the Body Art Card webpage for instructions on how to apply for your card.

Where can I get the infectious disease transmission training?

The health district requires that all Body Art Card holders receive infectious disease training, such as the Preventing Disease Transmission training offered by the American Red Cross. You must complete the training within 30 days of passing the health district exam. Visit the American Red Cross webpage for information on their course.