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Body Art

The principal focus of regulating the practice of body art, tattooing, body piercing, branding, and permanent cosmetics is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of New Hampshire.

The Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification establishes standards of practice and promulgates rules to regulate Body Art Practitioners. Public hearings, disciplinary hearings, informal conferences and meetings are held as necessary. Licensees are disciplined and administrative fines are issued for licensure violations.

Attention Licensees

The Board office is no longer printing wall certificates or pocket card licenses. You will now receive an email with your license attached as a PDF, which you can save and print. If you have submitted an application to the Board and have not received anything in the regular mail, please check to see if you have received an email from Please allow two weeks for processing.

OnLine Licensing and Renewal Available

You may now submit initial and renewal applications online at

Board News

FDA Advises Consumers, Tattoo Artists, and Retailers to Avoid Using or Selling Certain Tattoo Inks Contaminated with Microorganisms

Legislation Request

The Board of Body Art Practitioners has requested legislation to license and inspect facilities that offer body art services. You can search for HB120 text and hearing dates on the General Court website. Please contact the office with any questions.

New Rulemaking

On September 21, 2018, OPLC Executive Director Peter Danles adopted Plc 400 pdf file relative to the Advisory Board of Body Art Practitioners. Plc 400 pdf file replaces the previous DHHS He-P rules. Numerous changes have been made to the rules. Please review Plc 400 pdf file and the letter to all body art practitioners pdf file
Please contact the office at 603-271-3608 if you have any questions.

Board Staff

Janet McCully
(603) 271-3608
(603) 271-3950 (fax)
Hours: 8 AM – 4 PM EST Monday through Friday except State Holidays

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Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152