Licensure and Examinations

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.

Contact information:
NCBFS 1033 Wade Ave.

 Suite 108, Raleigh, NC 27605
Telephone: 919-733-9380

Toll-Free in NC 800-862-0636
Fax: 919-733-8271


WARNING:   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.


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.