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Body Art Card Requirements FAQs

How can Body Art Cards be renewed after the card services suspension?2022-04-01T15:49:19-07:00

The Health District resumed card operations on April 6, 2021.

Artists who hold a card that expired March 1, 2019, or later, have until June 30, 2022, to renew their card. Appointments are required and can be made via the online scheduling portal.

Any artists with cards that expired prior to March 1, 2019, must schedule to retake the body art exam when they make their appointment for renewal.

No additional late fees will be applied for renewing expired cards at this time.

How do I get my Body Art Card if my apprenticeship ended during the card services suspension?2022-04-01T15:48:41-07:00

The Health District resumed card operations on April 6, 2021.

If you have taken your exam and currently have your apprentice card, you can continue to practice until you schedule an appointment through the online scheduling portal to complete the process.  Any expired apprentice card will be considered valid until June 30, 2022.

How do I get a Body Art Card or the Body Art Apprenticeship Card?2021-05-20T16:55:40-07:00

Testing for the Body Art Card program resumed April 6, 2021.

For those who have not  already started the application process by submitting a completed employment verification or experience verification form to the Southern Nevada Health District before April 1, 2021, you can start the application process by scheduling an appointment through the online scheduling portal or by calling (702) 759-0595 to take the sanitation exam.

If you already started the application process by submitting an employment verification or experience form to the Health District prior to April 1, 2021, and received a date stamp on your form, then you need to complete the process by scheduling an appointment to take the exam through the online scheduling portal or by calling (702) 759-0595.

When you arrive for your exam appointment, you will need to provide a valid photo ID, proof of bloodborne pathogen training completed within the last year, the stamped verification form (if that applies) and one of the following:

  • Applicants for a permanent Body Art Card must provide proof of at least six months experience or training outside Clark County, NV, in the form of a letter from the shop or facility where they worked, or a permit or license issued from the previous jurisdiction in which they operated if they were self-employed.
  • New apprentices must provide a completed Employment Verification/Independent Contractor form showing where they will complete their training.
What is the difference between the Body Art Card and the Body Art Apprentice card?2021-04-01T14:24:29-07:00

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?2020-06-17T15:01:11-07:00

The fee is $138 ($118 exam fee plus $20 card fee).  The renewal is $20. An additional $20 late fee will be applied to card renewals that have expired.

When do the cards expire?2021-06-30T13:13:13-07:00

Body Art Cards are good for two years.

Body Art Apprentice Cards: Once your training is complete, you can submit your Experience Verification Form and your apprentice card will be exchanged for the permanent Body Art Card. The expiration date will remain the same.

It is at the employer’s discretion to sign off on your experience. The Experience Verification Form must be submitted when your employer determines your training is complete. You must renew your Body Art Apprentice Card if it expires before your training is complete and will be charged the regular fee for a card renewal.

What are the requirements for the Body Art Card? Are they different from a health card?2021-06-30T13:14:40-07:00

Health cards are no longer issued and have been replaced by the Body Art Card. The Body Art Card ensures that you meet certain requirements. You do not need TB screening or proof of any immunizations. However, the Health District recommends that you review your hepatitis A/B immunization status.

Where can I get the infectious disease transmission training?2021-04-01T14:10:16-07:00

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 or Bloodborne Pathogen training offered by an OSHA approved training program. You must complete the training prior to taking the health district exam. Visit the American Red Cross webpage for information on their course.

Contact Information

Phone: (702) 759-0677


Updated on: August 16, 2021

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