New York Tattoo License

New York Tattoo License

As a qualified specialist, a person has to complete a special course and pass the exam. The application procedure has its own requirements and rules too. Read on to reveal all the nuances in the process of acquiring a New York tattoo license.

How to get a New York Tattoo License?

Legally no one can work as a body artist in New York without state authorization. This means, that to obtain the New York tattoo license, an individual has to pass the following steps:

  • First of all, the individual has to submit an application form to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
  • At the same time, the person has to register for the Infection Control Course which is conducted twice a month. Moreover, read its handbook to succeed in the written examination.

After completing the Infection Control Course, you will receive your authorization within four to six months.

NOTE: The permit is not transferable, and you cannot give it to another person or parlor. You have to renew it annually and operate certain payments.

Applying for the certificate

To apply for the permit, there are two options available. A person fills out the online application form or submits it personally.


You have to manage the online application through the official website of the NY Health Department. Choose the needed category from the list. Check out all the requirements and find the list of necessary documents. Then create an electronic version of that paper.

To proceed online application form, you have to set up an account with the NY Licensing System. Fill out the gaps with required details, attach the documents and submit the payment through credit/debit cards.


Another option is paying a personal visit to the Citywide Licensing Center. The facility is situated at 42 Broadway Manhattan. Its working hours are 9 am to 5 pm (M, Tu, Th, Fr) and 8:30 to 5 pm (Th). Before visiting the center, get information on the application package by calling 311. After having all the documents, the completed application form, and the other additional forms, submit them with the fees.

NOTE: Center does not accept payments by cash. Credit/debit cards, checks, or money orders are accepted.

Both in case of personal or other submissions you will need the following documents:

  • Valid Photo ID (passport, driver’s license)
  • Social Security Number
  • A paper that proves your completion of the Infection Control Course

Renewal Process

After getting the state authorization, note, that it is valid for two years. The DOHMH will send you a renewal notice, several weeks before the actual expiration date.

You can do the renewal online, in person, or by mail. For the first option, you have to provide your identification number issued by the Department of Health. To do the renewal in person, one should visit the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center.

Make sure that you have the completed form and other necessary documents with you.  To conduct this procedure by mail, you need to follow the instructions on your state notice.

The fee for this procedure is $100 per two-year period.

The Fees

An individual has to pay special fees, attend training courses, and receive permits. That is to say, for the infection control course one should pay $26. This payment must be done separately from the certificate fee. For temporary authorization, the licensee has to pay $50 for a weekly uninterrupted work. So, the temporary permit expires after 7 days, and you cannot extend or renew it.

Generally, New York tattoo license costs $100. It is valid for two years and expires at the end of the month in which you got it. When proceeding with online payment, you have to pay a 2.49% convenience fee. However, if you do it personally, there is no need for that payment.

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