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.


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Bureau of Funeral Directing has not been able to produce or mail the renewal applications for funeral director license registrations for the 2020-2022 biennial period at this time. Applications will be mailed in the next few weeks and will be processed as they are returned. The pocket cards will be mailed when they are completed. While we expect to distribute the applications as soon as possible after we return to full operation, we also expect them to be late this biennium. In the interim, please print and carry the temporary registration letter posted under our "Dear Funeral Director Letters" section. We will post further updates as they become available.

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