The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service is responsible for determining the qualifications of applicants and issuing certificates to those determined to be properly qualified. It is unlawful for any person to practice funeral service, funeral directing or embalming in North Carolina unless one has been duly licensed. In order to be licensed to practice in North Carolina, an individual, in addition to paying the required fees, must be of good character and reputation, must satisfactorily pass the examinations by the Board and must submit evidence of education, and successfully complete 12 months of supervised apprenticeship.
Please contact the Board office to obtain applications.
NCBFS 1033 Wade Ave.
Suite 108, Raleigh, NC 27605
Toll-Free in NC 800-862-0636
If Board staff does not receive your completed license renewal
application and fee by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017,
you will immediately be deemed to have forfeited and surrendered your
license. This means that you will not be authorized to conduct
any funeral activity for which a license is required. There
will be no opportunity to reinstate your forfeited license absent a
formal hearing before the Board.
Funeral Director's Exam and Pathology Exam are administered by the
International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc. via
computer based testing. Candidates may obtain an application for
computer based testing from the Board office and will conduct all other
transactions for the computer based exam with the Conference. This
allows applicants the convenience of taking the exam more often than was
previously offered. The Laws & Rules exam is computer based and
available through Castle Worldwide testing centers located across the
state when an applicant is qualified.
applications for licensure as a funeral service, funeral directing or
embalming must be received by the established deadline (thirty (30) days
prior to the exam date). A completed application consists of the
application form submitted by the applicant, certified school
transcripts (received directly from the mortuary school), letters of
recommendation, the applicable exam fee and any written verification,
which must be obtained by the North Carolina Board from another State
Board of Examiners. The last of these items applies to
out-of-state applicants only.