Licensure

Professional Funeral Licensure in North Carolina

In North Carolina, one may be licensed as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, or both. If one holds both licenses, the individual qualifies as a funeral service licensee.  The legal definition of "funeral service licensee" is as follows:

"A person who is duly licensed and engaged in the practice of funeral service." The definition of "funeral service" is as follows:

"The practice of funeral service means engaging in the care and disposition of dead human bodies or in the practice of disinfecting and preparing by embalming or otherwise dead human bodies for the practice of funeral service, transportation, burial or cremation, or in the practice of funeral directing or embalming as presently known, whether these titles or designations or otherwise. Practice of funeral service also means engaging in making arrangements for funeral service, selling funeral supplies to the public or making financial arrangements for the rendering of such services or the sale of such supplies."

If one wishes to be only an embalmer, then that person will be engaging in only the embalming portion of the funeral service definition. (remove the funeral directing content from the definition)

If one wishes to be only a funeral director, then that person will be engaging in only the funeral directing portion of the funeral service definition. (remove the embalming content of the definition)

This information is submitted as a general description of the roles of funeral director or embalmer. For more accurate and specific legal information, one should contact the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service by visiting their web page, or by calling 919-733-9380.

Please be aware that the N.C. Board of Funeral Service may refuse to issue or renew a license if an individual has been convicted of a felony. A felony conviction may not keep one from ever being licensed, but an individual having a felony should contact the Board of Funeral Service in Raleigh for additional information. 919-733-9380.