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Board Member Appointments
If you are interested in serving as a Board Member on the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, please review the current list of seat vacancies by clicking here.
Update to Code of Virginia regarding filing death certificates; medical certification; investigation by Office of the Chief Medical ExaminerEffective July 1, 2018, changes have been made to Virginia Code §32.1-263 regarding filing death certificates. The new language states that “if a licensed funeral director, funeral service licensee, or representative of the office of the state anatomical program completes the certificate of death, he shall file the certificate of death with the State Registrar of Vital Records electronically using the Electronic Death Registration System and in accordance with the requirements of subsection A. If a member of the next of kin of the deceased completes the certificate of death, he shall file the certificate of death in accordance with the requirements of subsection A but shall not be required to file the certificate of death electronically.” Click here for more information and to view the complete text.
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.
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.
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.
Change of Name/Address Information
Please click here for information on how to change your address or make a name change.
Important Information – Recent Board Adopted Guidance Documents!
During the April 17, 2018 Board Meeting, the following Guidance Documents were revised by The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers:
- 65-11, Inspection Guidance Document - revised April 17, 2018
- 65-17, Initiating Disciplinary Action Against Funeral Homes for Failing to Submit Corrective Action to Deficiencies Noted During Routine Inspections, revised April 17, 2018
Please visit our Guidance Documents page to find all other guidance documents related to your profession.
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 email@example.com or (804) 367-4479.
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:
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation - More
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 & RegulationsKeep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Laws Governing All Health Professions
View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to common questions. Includes information regarding Continuing Education.