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Governor Pete Ricketts announced the end of Nebraska's coronavirus state of emergency. The Governor issued the state of emergency declaration on March 13, 2020. It officially ended at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) 21-09 to rescind pandemic-related executive orders. With a few exceptions, the coronavirus executive orders will expire on July 30, 2021, which is thirty days after the state of emergency ends. Full text of EO 21-09 is available by clicking here.
Continuing Competency Waiver Information
Types of licenses issued by Nebraska:
Body Art Facility: A place where body art is performed or where the business of body art is conducted.
Body Piercer: Punctures the skin for the purpose of inserting removable jewelry or other objects through the body. A license is not required when only puncturing the external part of the earlobe.
Brander: Makes a permanent mark on a person by burning it into the skin.
Permanent Color Technician: Includes permanent makeup/cosmetic tattoo. Inserts nontoxic dyes for cosmetic purposes.
Tattoo Artist: Inserts nontoxic dyes into the skin to form permanent designs.
Advisory statements are issued by the Board of Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Nail Technology and Body Art for informational purposes only; they are NOT legal opinions and are non-binding. The advisory opinions define acts which in the opinion of the board are or are not permitted in the practice of body art.
Dermal Punches - No, this practice does not fall within the category of body piercing.
Suspension Hooks - Yes, this falls under the category of body piercing.
Dry Tattooing - Dry tattooing is within tattooing IF it includes inserting dyes for the procedure. (12/4/2017)
Paramedical Tattooing - Yes, falls within the scope of practice for tattooing or permanent color technology.
Remember: With any service, one must be competent and trained in providing the service and must practice within the Body Art scope of practice for which s/he is licensed.
FOR A BODY ARTIST:
Body Artist Initial Application
Please see the regulations for complete requirements.
Several cities/counties in Nebraska also require a license to practice or operate a business. Be sure to check with your local offices.
Q. When do I need to report convictions?
A. If you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction or credential discipline, you must report such actions to the Office of Investigations within 30 days of the conviction/action. Failure to disclose any such convictions/credential discipline could result in disciplinary action.
Q. Am I required to report traffic convictions?
A. Yes, if the conviction was a misdemeanor or felony and you were sentenced or paid a ticket through traffic court. (Infractions, such as speeding, are not required to be reported.) Some examples are: no valid registration, no driver's license on person, and driving under suspension.
To reinstate your body art license from either inactive or expired status, you must:
All body art licenses for persons and facilities expire on March 31st of odd-numbered years.
To renew, a licensee must complete at least two hours of Bloodborne Pathogens (disease) training, which includes sanitation, infection control and sterilization; and requires an examination as a condition of training completion. The examination must include questions relating to the following:
This training may be obtained through any of the following:
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Body Art
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.