Bureau of Funeral Directing

Public Health Law section 3401 regulates all activities related to the business and practice of funeral directing for more than 1800 funeral firms; 4000 practitioners; 90 registered residents (individuals in training) and 400 funeral directing students including: licensure and registration of funeral directors, the inspection and registration of funeral firms, investigations of consumer/provider complaints related to practice of funeral directing, and continuing education and training of practitioners.

What's New

Beginning on January 1, 2021 all New York funeral directors will be required to use the new registration cards as issued and should display them as required at all transfer points and places of final disposition or delivery to a common carrier. The use of the old card with the temporary registration letter will no longer be valid. The new registration cards are blue, and have the expiration date of June 30, 2022. As always, be sure to sign your card and be prepared to show photo ID with your registration card. If you have not completed your registration, please do so immediately. If you have registered and have not received your card, or if you have not registered and need information about how to get your new card, send us an email at funeral@health.ny.gov.


As of October 23, 2020, the processed registration pocket cards for the 2020-2022 biennium are being mailed over the next several days. If you have not sent your application in please do so as soon as possible.


As of July 8, 2020, Executive Order 202.15 allowing funeral directors to deputize agents to work under their license has expired.


The license registration renewal applications for the 2020 Biennium have been mailed. Please see the instructions posted under our "Dear Funeral Director Letters" section.

2021 NYS Law Exams

The 2021 Law Exams are scheduled for January 28, May 20, and September 16.

Funeral Rights Brochures

New brochures are now available for the general public: A Consumer's Guide to Arranging a Funeral & Before Prepaying Your Funeral, Know Your Rights