Rules and Laws

Statutes Governing Funeral Service in North Carolina
Chapter 90, Article 13A     Board established, authority, general practice of funeral service, to include licensing, etc.
Chapter 90, Article 13D     Preneed
Chapter 90, Article 13E     Mutual Burial Associations
Chapter 90, Article 13F     Cremation
Rules Governing Funeral Service in North Carolina (Title 21 of NC Administrative Code)
 Subchapter 34A: Board Functions     Section .0100- General Provisions; Section .0200- Fees & other Payments
Subchapter 34B: Funeral Service     Section .0100- Resident Trainees; Section .0200- Examinations; Section .0300-
  Licensing; Section .0400- Continuing Education; Section .0500- Out-of-state Licenses;
  Section .0600- Funeral Establishments; Section .0700- Preparation of Dead bodies
Subchapter 34C: Crematories     Section .0100- General Provisions; Section .0200- Equipment & Processing; Section
  0300- Authorizations, Reports, Records
Subchapter 34D: Preneed Contracts     Section .0100- General Provisions; Section .0200- Licensing; Section .0300-
  Operations; Section .0400- Preneed Recovery Fund
Statutes Related to the Practice of Funeral Service In North Carolina
CHAPTER 14 CRIMINAL LAW (Disorderly conduct at funerals)
§ 14-288.4.     Disorderly Conduct
CHAPTER 65  NORTH CAROLINA CEMETERY ACT
§ 65-77.     Minimum Burial Depth
§ 65-106.     Removal of graves; who may disinter, move, and reinter; notice; certificate filed;
  reinterment expenses; due care required
CHAPTER 20 NORTH CAROLINA MOTOR VEHICLES
§ 20-157.1.     Funeral Processions
CHAPTER 130A PUBLIC HEALTH: Commission of Anatomy:
§ 130A-33.30.     Commission of Anatomy – Creation; powers and duties.
§ 130A-33.31.     Commission of Anatomy – Members; selection; term; chairman; quorum; meetings.
§ 130A-33.32.     Commission of Anatomy – Reference to former Board of Anatomy in testamentary
  disposition
CHAPTER 130A PUBLIC HEALTH: Vital Statistics:
§ 130A-26A.     Violations of Article 4.
§ 130A-93.     Access to vital records; copies
§ 130A-93.1.     Fees for vital records copies or search; automation fund
§ 130A-97.     Duties of local registrars 
§ 130A-99.     Register of deeds to preserve copies of birth and death records
§ 130A-112.     Notification of death 
§ 130A-113.     Permits for burial-transit, authorization for cremation and disinterment-reinterment 
§ 130A-114.     Fetal death registration
§ 130A-115.     Death Registration
§ 130A-116.     Contents of Death Certificate
§ 130A-117.     Persons required to keep records and provide information
§ 130A-118.     Amendment of birth and death certificates
CHAPTER 130A PUBLIC HEALTH: Communicable Diseases:
§ 130A-134.     Reportable diseases and conditions.
§ 130A-135.     Physicians to report
§ 130A-146.     Transportation of bodies of persons who have died of reportable diseases
CHAPTER 130A PUBLIC HEALTH: Investigations and Disposition:
§ 130A-383.     Medical Examiner Jurisdiction
§ 130A-384.     Notification concerning out-of-state Body
§ 130A-385.     Duties of Medical Examiner upon Receipt of notice; reports; copies
§ 130A-388.     Medical Examiner's Permission Necessary Before Embalming, Burial and Cremation
§ 130A-389.     Autopsies
§ 130A-390.     Exhumations
§ 130A-391.     Corneal Tissue Removal
§ 130A-392.     Reports and Records as Evidence
§ 130A-393.     Rules
§ 130A-394.     Coroner to Hold Inquests
§ 130A-395.     Handling and Transportation of Bodies
§ 130A-398.     Limitation on Right to Perform Autopsy
§ 130A-415.     Unclaimed Bodies; Bodies Claimed by the Lifeguardianship Council of the Association
  for Retarded Citizens of North Carolina; Disposition
§ 130A-417.     Definitions. (Final Disposition or Transportation of Deceased Migrant Agricultural
  Workers and Their Dependents)
§ 130A-418.     Deceased Migrant Agricultural Workers and their Dependents
§ 130A-420.     Authority to Dispose of Body or Body Parts
Rules Related to the Practice of Funeral Service in North Carolina (Titles 10A & 15A of NC Administrative Code)
TITLE 10A HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Commission of Anatomy     J. T. Pugh, Jr.
CHAPTER 41  EPIDEMIOLOGY HEALTH - SUBCHAPTER 41A-  COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL
 10A NCAC 41A .0101     Reportable Diseases and Conditions
 10A NCAC 41A .0210     Duties of Attending Physicians
  10A NCAC 41A .0212     Handling and Transportation of Bodies
10A NCAC 41A .0213     Control Measures - Sars
CHAPTER 41  EPIDEMIOLOGY HEALTH - SUBCHAPTER 41H-  VITAL RECORDS
10A NCAC 41H .0101     Administration
10A NCAC 41H .0102     Definitions
10A NCAC 41H .0103     Forms
10A NCAC 41H .0104     General Requirements for Preparation of Certificates
10A NCAC 41H .0501     Hospital Assistance in Preparation of Death Certificates
10A NCAC 41H .0502     Acceptance of Incomplete Death Certificate
10A NCAC 41H .0503     Death Registration: Medical Certification
10A NCAC 41H .0504     No Death Certificate for Missing Persons
10A NCAC 41H .0505     Disinterment - Reinterment Permits
10A NCAC 41H .0506     Removal of Bodies
10A NCAC 41H .0604     Death Certificates
10A NCAC 41H .0701     Routine Requests for Certified Copies
10A NCAC 41H .0702     Research Requests
10A NCAC 41H .0703     Fees for Corrections and Amendments
10A NCAC 41H .0901     Errors
10A NCAC 41H .0906     Amended Causes of Death
10A NCAC 41H .0910     Vital Records Amendment Procedures
10A NCAC 41H .1201     Registration of Graves Removed
10A NCAC 41H .1202     Forms
10A NCAC 41H .1301     Information Needed for Locating Records
10A NCAC 41H .1302     Issuance of Certified Copies
CHAPTER 44 - POSTMORTEM MEDICOLEGAL EXAMINATION
 10A NCAC 44 .0304     Identity of Decedent and Next of Kin
10A NCAC 44 .0305     Time Limit to Claim Body
10A NCAC 44 .0306     Transportation Costs
10A NCAC 44 .0307     Cremation
10A NCAC 44 .0308     Body Remains Unclaimed
10A NCAC 44 .0401     Unclaimed Bodies
10A NCAC 44 .0501     Investigation Before Cremation or Burial at Sea
TITLE 15A ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES- CHAPTER 2- ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT  (FOR CREMATORIES)
SUBCHAPTER 2D-  OTHER INCINERATORS
15A NCAC 02D .1208     Other Incinerators

Licensed Activities Guidelines adopted 2008PDF document

Federal Trade Commission Resources:

Funeral Rule Information Online - provides access to Consumer and Business information, text of the Rule and FTC staff opinions.
Downloadable PDF file - Complying with the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule

Other Resources: Downloadable TEXT file - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 "HIPAA" guidelines document