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  Information Concerning Cremation in North Carolina

 Statement of Organization

The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service is established under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Board is composed of nine members.

Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly. The Governor appoints seven members of the Board: Four licensees from recommendations offered by The North Carolina Funeral Directors Association (NCFDA); two (2) licensees from recommendations offered by the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc. (FD & MA of NC, Inc.) ; and one (1) licensee of the Board who is not affiliated with any funeral trade organization. One public member is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and one public member is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Speaker of the House.  Members serve three year terms. 

The Board is responsible for the administration and regulation of the profession of funeral service in North Carolina. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants, and regulates the professional practice of the licensees throughout the State. Complaints are investigated, and those requiring further action are scheduled for a hearing before the Board.

Board meetings are usually held at the Board's offices in Raleigh. On occasion the Board meetings are held in other locations in North Carolina. The meetings are open to the public.

                            Board Address



All correspondence and requests for information or application forms should be addressed to:

North Carolina Board of Funeral Service
1033 Wade Avenue, Suite 108
Raleigh, North Carolina 27605

Telephone Number (919) 733-9380 or NC toll free 800-862-0636
Fax Number (919) 733-8271

                                             Contacts and Email Addresses








Executive Director


Steve Dirksen General Counsel

Lyn Cochrane

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Stegall 

Administrative Services Supervisor - Licensing

Tanya Pearson    

Preneed Services Administrator

Marty Mills 

Administrative Assistant

Brett Lisenbee Inspector ( East)

Susan Mitchell

Inspector (Central)

Carolyn Connor

Inspector (West)




All licenses for funeral service, funeral directing and embalming expire on December 31st of each year. Additional thirty (30) days are allowed for completion of the renewal application. Application for renewal, together with the statutory fee, must be received in the Board office by February 1st of the following year to effect licensure renewal. After February 1st, a late fee of $50.00 must be submitted with the renewal application. Licensees whose renewals have not been received by February 1st of each year cannot be guaranteed that their name will be included in the Register for the following year.

Licensing Examinations

The State 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. 

Examination Procedure

Completed 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. 

Renewal Notice

Renewal Notices are mailed to each licensee at the listed address by December 1 of each year. The renewal form and the applicable fee ($60.00 for Funeral Service, $40.00 for Funeral Directors and Embalmers) must be received by December 31 (there is an extension until February 1)