Tattoo & Body Piercing
TATTOO/BODY PIERCING ARTISTS
Any individual that performs tattoo, microblading, permanent make-up, or body piercing services in Nassau County is required to hold a valid Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification issued by the Nassau County Department of Health. The Artist Certification is valid for three years from the date of issuance, and it is the individual’s responsibility to renew their Artist Certification in a timely manner.
At this time, the Health Department is not offering the traditional in-person Artist Certification Class. Individuals that wish to obtain a Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification will be required to complete a modified four-step process to become a Certified Artist in Nassau County.
Step 1: Review a recording of the Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification Class here.
Step 2: Contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (516) 227-9717 to schedule an in-person Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification examination. Examinations will be offered on a limited basis and the number of individuals permitted per examination time slot will be limited to allow for social distancing within the examination room.
Step 3: Report to the Nassau County Department of Health on your scheduled examination date. On the day of your examination, you must bring the following:
- Completed Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification Application (click here for the Application)
- Certified check or money order for $200.00 (no cash or personal checks will be accepted)
- Photo identification (Driver’s license, passport, etc)
An individual that does not provide these documents at the time of their examination will not be permitted to sit for their in-person examination and will need to reschedule their examination for a later date. Also note that you must sign up for an examination time slot prior to the date of the exam. Walk-ins without an examination appointment will not be permitted.
Step 4: Satisfactorily complete and pass the Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist examination on your scheduled examination date. The examination is comprised of 50 questions that are a combination of multiple-choice questions and true/false statements. The examination material will be based on information presented in the recording of the Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist Certification Class from Step 1.
An individual will not be considered a Certified Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist until they have satisfactorily completed Step 1 through Step 4 detailed above.
TATTOO/BODY PIERCING STUDIOS
In addition to Tattoo/Body Piercing Artist requirements detailed above, any location where tattoo, microblading, permanent make-up, or body piercing services are offered is required to hold a valid Tattoo/Body Piercing Studio Permit issued by the Nassau County Department of Health.
Tattoo/Body Piercing Studios in Nassau County are required to meet certain sanitary requirements. Information about these requirements, as well the application process for a Tattoo/Body Piercing Studio can be found here.
For additional information regarding the Tattoo/Body Piercing Program in Nassau County, please call the Nassau County Department of Health at (516) 227-9717.