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Tattoo License

After You Apply

After you submit your application

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    On the day you are scheduled to take the course, bring the receipt, course registration confirmation page and a government-issued photo ID to the NYC Health Academy.


      NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)

      Health Academy

      Riverside Health Center

      160 W. 100th Street (at Columbus Avenue)

      New York NY 10025
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      Take the Infection Control Course and written examination. All applicants who pass the test will then have their photo taken at the Health Academy. Applicants who do not pass the examination the first time will be allowed to immediately register for the next available course and examination at the Health Academy at no additional cost. Applicants who do not pass the examination after the second attempt will be required to return to the DCWP Licensing Center to register for another course and pay the Infection Control Course fee again.
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        The Tattoo License will be mailed to the applicant 4-6 weeks after successful completion of the course. The applicant may not begin to work until the photo ID (badge) and license document have been received. Licensed tattoo artists should keep both items with them while working. Applicants who have not received the license in the mail within six weeks of passing the Infection Control Examination should call 311 for assistance.