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Body Art-Nov2020-Text

The Southern Nevada Health District has updated the Body Art Card testing program. Body Art Card applicants will be able to apply for their card and take the Body Art Sanitation Exam at any of the Health District’s Public Health Center kiosks during business hours. Appointments to take the test are no longer required. Applicants can prepare for the Body Art Sanitation Exam by downloading the study material found here: Body Art Card Training Book 

The exam ensures that artists practice safe infection control procedures to eliminate the risk factors for disease and covers hygiene, glove use, waste disposal, equipment cleaning, and information about substantial health hazards. Body Art Cards are required for tattoo artists, permanent make-up artists, people who practice microblading, as well as body piercing practitioners.

For more information regarding this program, please visit the Health District’s Body Art Card Requirements page or call (702) 759-0677.

Previously, the test was administered by appointment at the Health District’s Special Programs location at the City of Las Vegas’ Business Development Services Center. That location will no longer issue Body Art Cards.

The Southern Nevada Health District Environmental Health Division regulates, permits, and inspects all body art establishments. Body art is defined as tattoo, permanent makeup, and body piercing.

Recently tattoos have become mainstream and are viewed by enthusiasts as expressive forms of body art. From eagles inked onto biceps to perfectly arched ‘permanent’ eyebrows, tattooing has become big business in Clark County.

Now there are more than 1,600 permitted tattoo, permanent makeup, and piercing artists permitted by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-0677


Updated on: November 30, 2020