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Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4479
Fax: (804) 527-4413
Complaints: (800) 533-1560
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Effective June 1, 2018, the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers will be going to an online license verification system using our agency's License Lookup feature.  While applicants or licensees may request paper or pdf copies of license verifications as needed or required, the online resource will serve as the official hard copy and proof of licensure for all individuals and establishments licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. License Lookup is updated in real time and available 24/7 to anyone seeking public licensure information on healthcare practitioners in Virginia.

If a hard copy verification is required, please click here for instructions and fees.

At the January 16, 2018 meeting, the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers accepted revisions to the Funeral Service Internship Reporting forms. Effective immediately, the new forms should be utilized by all applicants. These forms can be found on the Forms and Applications page.

Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
Download Commissioner Levine’s message to healthcare practitioners on dispensing Naloxone.

Important Information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)

Electronic Cremation Certificates and Additional Information Regarding Cremation Authorizations

Recently, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) distributed an updated electronic version of the cremation certificate (which is a fillable pdf) that can be used immediately by funeral homes and crematories. The OCME also released a memo that provides additional information for the funeral homes and crematories regarding cremation authorizations.

Click here to access the OCME’s memo regarding cremation authorizations.

Click here to access the new fillable cremation certificate.

Important Information – Recent Board Adopted Guidance Documents!

During the January 10, 2017 Board Meeting, the following Guidance Documents were newly adopted by The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers:

The following Guidance Document was revised by the Board:

Please visit our Guidance Documents page to find all other guidance documents related to your profession.

Death Certificates with "Pending" Cause of Death

Death certificates must be filed with Vital Records within three days. There is no exception for death certificates which have a “pending” cause of death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) notified the Board that when they send the final cause of death to Vital Records, they are often finding that the “pending” death certificate was never filed. The OCME states that they will be referring these incidents to the Department of Health Professions (DHP) for investigation.

Please keep in mind, a filed death certificate that has a “pending” cause of death can meet many of the needs of the families that you are serving, so a delay in filing these death certificates may cause undue hardship and stress on families.

Electronic Death Registration System Announcement

Click here to read the letter and information regarding the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) from Janet Rainey, Director and State Registrar, Division of Vital Records.

For questions regarding the EDRS, please contact the Office of Vital Records. The EDRS website provides the following support and contact information:

VVESTS support is available during the normal business hours of VDH-DVR; Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. with 24/7 online support for EDRS.

VDH-DVR Contact Information:
Telephone number: (804) 662-6200, press option 5
Fax: (804) 662 - 7269

Read the letter from the State Health Commissioner and the Board of Medicine's Executive Director on the Completion of Death Certificates.

Death Certificate Information:

Memorandum dated March 18, 2011 from Janet Rainey, Director and State Registrar, VDH Division of Vital Records, regarding computer generated death certificates PDF file

Letters from Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP, State Health Commissioner:
* June 27, 2011, letter regarding death certification-related regulations taking effect July 1, 2011 PDF file
* August 3, 2010, letter to physicians regarding timely completion of death certificates PDF file
* August 3, 2010, letter to funeral service providers regarding development of a plan to improve the death certification process PDF file

Death Certificate Training for practitioners

Reference Article Regarding Death Certificates PDF file

Change in Exam Fee – Virginia State Exam (Laws, Rules & Regulations)

The Virginia state exam (Laws, Rules, and Regulations “LRR”) for Funeral Service Licensees is administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. For more information, exam candidates may click here to visit their website or click here to access the “LRR” Candidate Handbook.

Effective January 1, 2018, the fee for the Virginia state exam (Laws, Rules, & Regulations “LRR”) will be $170.00.

For more information or questions about the exam process, please contact the Board at or (804) 367-4479.

Licensure Verification and Change of Name/Address Information

Please click here for information on how to request a verification of licensure.

Please click here for information on how to change your address or make a name change.

Accredited Mortuary Science Schools

Please click here to view a list of accredited Mortuary Science Schools.

FYI on Crematory Training

18VAC65-20-435 requires that all persons who operate the retort in a crematory shall have certification by CANA, ICCFA, or other certification recognized by the board. Please note that our regulations do not require any type of recertification even though some certifying organizations show an expiration date on the certificate. Please contact the Board office if you have any questions.

Bloodborne Pathogen Traning: Click here to view a list of training opportunities on Bloodborne Pathogens.


The Board will only accept for credit Continuing Education courses that are directly related to the scope of practice of funeral service. The practice of funeral services is defined in §54.1-2800 as “engaging in the care and disposition of the human dead, the preparation of the human dead for the funeral service, burial or cremation, the making of arrangements for the funeral service or for the financing of the funeral service and the selling or making of financial arrangements for the sale of funeral supplies to the public.

Classes for credit must emphasize the ethics, standards of practice, preneed contracts and funding, or federal or state laws and regulations governing the profession. Courses for which the principal purpose is to promote, sell or offer goods, products or services to funeral homes are not acceptable for the purpose of credit toward renewal. (18VAC65-20-151)

FTC Information

Consumer Information about Funeral Planning. Click here to read the article on FTC's website.

Click here to read the FAQ's on Preneed Funeral Contracts.

FTC Warns Small Businesses: Don’t Open Email Falsely Claiming to be From FTC. Click here to read the article on FTC's website.

FTC Warns Consumers: Scammers Hit New Low by Sending Fake Funeral Notices. Click here to read the article on FTC's website.

Funeral Rule ALERT: Click here to read information provided by the FTC dated March 18, 2009.

The FTC and the Board Settle Antitrust Charges Regarding Price Advertising Rules.  Click here to view documents. PDF file

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses

Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment.  The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license.  For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Virginia Department of Veterans Services

To implement the 2012 legislation passed regarding Unclaimed Remains of Veterans, the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) requests the assistance of funeral homes in identifying the unclaimed veterans remains. Please see the following from DVS:

Information on the program for unclaimed cremains of veterans PDF file
Letter to Funeral Directors from DVS
PDF file
Draft Identification of Unclaimed Cremated Remains form PDF file

§ 54.1-2808.1 - Disposition of Cremains
§ 54.1-2808.2. Identification of unclaimed cremains of veterans

Public Health Information

Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health

Important information regarding Medicaid Burial Set Aside

Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation - More information...
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)

Laws & Regulations

Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Funeral Directors and Embalmers 

Laws Governing All Health Professions

Regulated Professions

View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to common questions.  Includes information regarding Continuing Education.

CEU Providers

View a current list of Board approved continuing education providers. (Word)

Regulatory Town Hall

The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.