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Body Art

An appointment is required for new Body Art Cards (including apprentice cards), renewal cards, and duplicates. Appointments can be made through the online scheduling system. Clients who need duplicate or replacement cards can come in without an appointment and are seen as capacity allows.

Appointments are held at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107, in the Food Handler Card suite. No card services are available at 333 N. Rancho Dr.

Because of the closure, first time Body Art Card applicants with either an Employment Verification or Experience Verification form date-stamped by the Southern Nevada Health District Body Art program are able to work with their stamped form. Artists with stamped forms have until April 30, 2022, to schedule the body art exam and complete the card process. Body artists who hold a card that expired March 1, 2019, or later, as well as those needing a duplicate Body Art Card, have until April 30, 2022, to renew their card or obtain a duplicate card. Any artists with cards that expired before March 1, 2019, must retake the body art exam when renewing their card.

Online Appointment Form

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 by appointment at our 280 S. Decatur Blvd. office. 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: January 13, 2022