You need training in infection control to get a Tattoo Artist License. You must successfully complete the New York City Health Department’s Infection Control Course for Tattoo and Permanent Makeup Artists.

The course is three hours long and taught twice a month. You can register in person or online. To register for the Infection Control Course online, you must also apply for a Tattoo Artist License at the same time.

After you complete the course and pass the final exam, you will get your license.


The cost of the course, including the final exam, is $26 and the Tattoo Artist license is $100, for a total of $126. A 2% fee will be charged when you register online. You can only pay by credit card online.

If registering in person, you may pay by check, money order, or credit or debit cards. Visa credit and debit cards are not accepted.


Register for the Infection Control course and a Tattoo License.

In Person

To register and pay in person, go to:

Citywide Licensing Center
42 Broadway
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 AM - 5: PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

The location of the class is:

Health Academy
The Riverside Health Center, 2nd floor
160 West 100th Street (near Columbus Avenue)

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

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