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The Board's Governing Statutes and Rules

Who We Are

The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service is established under the provisions of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly.


The purpose of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service is to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of North Carolina citizens by ensuring that those individuals and entities licensed for the practice of funeral services in this state are duly qualified.

Announcements

Notice of Text Regarding Rules Proposed for Repeal

  • In accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-21.2, the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service hereby notifies you that it voted at its meeting on November 8, 2017 to file a Notice of Text proposing for repeal several rules. Please see the attached Memorandum regarding the rules proposed for repeal here.
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  • The Board will be accepting public comment on the rules proposed for repeal until the close of business on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. If you wish to submit public comment about any of the proposed rule classifications, you may do so by either mailing a public comment to the attention of the Board’s Rulemaking Coordinator, Catherine E. Lee, by US Postal Service or other delivery service to 1033 Wade Avenue, Suite 108, Raleigh, NC 27605, by fax to (919) 733-8271, or by e-mail to clee@ncbfs.org.
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  • The definition of “public comment” as provided by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-21.3A(a)(5) is as follows:
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    • “Public comment. - Means written comments objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public.”
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    • “Public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule.
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    • Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).

Executive Director

  • The Board is soliciting applications for the position of Executive Director through December 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The job posting is available here.
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  • Resumes may be sent to Catherine Lee, Executive Director, at clee@ncbfs.org or by US Mail to the Board Office.

2018 License Renewal Options

  • All 2018 renewal applications now are available here.
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  • Also, licensees can renew an Individual License and/or Funeral Establishment License online here. Once submitted a PDF of the application will be sent as confirmation to email provided by applicant.
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  • Licensees submitting applications electronically must submit payment through our on-line payment portal or submit check/money order to the Board.

Mutual Burial Associations

  • Certain mutual burial associations in North Carolina are now defunct for a variety of reasons (e.g. the sponsoring funeral establishment is now closed and/or the Secretary-Treasurer is deceased or otherwise incapacitated.)
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  • Active mutual burial associations that are interested in receiving the transferred assets of these defunct mutual burial associations are encouraged to contact the Board office.

Board Compliance Opinion

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  • For situations only in which a death has occurred out of state and no signed death certificates can be obtained quickly enough to allow for timely disposition, a licensee would be in compliance with the Board’s governing statutes and rules if:
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    1. The decedent was legally removed from the other jurisdiction; and
    2. The licensee has obtained all necessary paperwork which would have allowed the body to be cremated in the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.

Board Declaratory Ruling Rendered at its October meeting

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  • Robert M. Hardy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company, requested from the Board a declaratory ruling to answer the following question:
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    • If the beneficiary of an irrevocable preneed funeral contract and/or the owner of an insurance policy used to fund an irrevocable preneed funeral contract voluntarily surrenders, for the cash value thereof, an insurance policy used to fund an irrevocable preneed funeral contract such that the insurance policy no longer provides any funding for the irrevocable preneed funeral contract, would this constitute an “otherwise cancelled” insurance policy pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-210.65(e)(2)?
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  • The Board voted at its meeting on October 11, 2017 to grant Mr. Hardy’s request for declaratory ruling, and to issue a ruling on the merits in which it answered the above question in the affirmative – such a scenario would constitute an “otherwise cancelled” insurance policy such that an irrevocable insurance-funded preneed funeral contract would become revocable.
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    • Accordingly, the Board would not deem it a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-210.65(e) if a preneed funeral establishment and/or preneed sales licensee revokes or refunds proceeds of an irrevocable insurance-funded preneed funeral contract when the consumer voluntarily surrenders the value of the insurance policy used to fund the contract.

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