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Body Art Card Requirements Faqs

How can body art cards be renewed during the suspension of the program?2020-11-30T14:17:37-08:00

Renewal of Body Art Cards has been suspended until further notice. Any card that expired since the program closed in March 2020 will be considered valid until further notice. Artists with expired cards can be allowed to work. No additional late fees will be applied for renewing expired cards at this time.

How will apprentice time be calculated if a person was an apprentice during the shutdown of body art businesses?2020-06-17T15:03:50-07:00

If you have an apprentice, their six months training will be extended by 60 days.

How can new apprentices obtain an apprentice card?2020-11-30T14:24:00-08:00

Testing for the body art card program has been suspended until further notice. New apprentices can start the application by completing and submitting an “Employment/Independent Contractor Verification” form to bodyart@snhd.org. Health District staff will review the form and return complete forms with a date received stamp to the apprentice. These new apprentices will be required to keep the stamped form on them as evidence of application. When testing for the body art program resumes, applicants will be notified by e-mail and be given a deadline to complete the process.

How can I get my body art card if my apprenticeship ended during this suspension?2020-11-30T14:26:47-08:00

If you completed your apprenticeship before the body art program resumes issuing new cards, you can continue to practice. When the program resumes issuing cards, you can then obtain your body art card. Any expired apprentice card will be considered valid until further notice.

How do I get a Body Art Card or the Body Art Apprenticeship Card?2020-06-17T15:00:19-07:00

New applicants, including apprentices, must complete the application and exam in person at the Southern Nevada Health District’s Main Public Health Center (map & directions). Visit Body Art Card Requirements webpage for additional information.

What is the difference between the Body Art Card and the Body Art Apprentice card?2020-06-17T15:00:33-07:00

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 70 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?2020-06-17T15:01:32-07:00

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 70 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 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?2020-06-17T15:02:04-07:00

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 Requirements webpage for instructions on how to apply for your card.

Where can I get the infectious disease transmission training?2020-06-17T15:02:23-07:00

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. 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: October 10, 2018