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


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.

2020 NYS Law Exams

Notice: The May 21 Exam has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The 2020 Law Exams are scheduled for January 16, and September 17.

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