Cremation Laws – Reference guide for all 50 States

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Alabama cremation laws – contacts :

Alabama Board of Funeral Service
P.O. Box 309522
UPS: 11 S. Union Street, Suite 204
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334-242-4049
Fax: 334-353-7988
Website: www.fsb.alabama.gov
Contact Person
Charles Perine, Executive Secretary
Email: charles.perine@fsb.alabama.gov

Alaska cremation laws – contacts :

Karl Marx, Licensing Examiner
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-5470
Fax: 907-465-2974
Email: karl.marx@alaska.gov
Website: www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pmor.htm

Arizona cremation laws – contacts :

Rodolfo Thomas, Executive Director
Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers
1400 W. Washington, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-3095
Fax: 602-542-3093
Email: rudy.thomas@funeralboard.us
Website: www.azfuneralboard.us

Arkansas cremation laws – contacts :

Amy Goode, Executive Secretary
Arkansas State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
101 E. Capitol, Suite 113
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-0574
Fax: 501-682-0575
Email: amy.goode@arkansas.gov
Website: www.arkansas.gov/fdemb

California cremation laws – contacts :

Lisa M. Moore, Bureau Chief
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
1625 N. Market Boulevard, Suite S-208
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: 916-574-7870
Fax: 916-574-7988
Email: Lisa.Moore@dca.ca.gov
Website: www.cfb.ca.gov

Colorado cremation laws – contacts :

Wendy Anderson, Program Director
Department of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7754
Fax: 303-894-7692
Email: wendy.anderson@state.co.us
Website: www.dora.co.us

Connecticut cremation laws – contacts :

Stephen Carragher, Health Programs Supervisor
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Embalmer and Funeral Director Licensing
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
UPS: 410 Capitol Ave, MS #13 PHO
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: 860-509-7603
Fax: 860-509-8457
Email: oplc.dph@ct.gov 
Website: www.ct.gov/dph/license

Delaware cremation laws – contacts :

Sheyl Paquette, Board Lianson
Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: 302-744-4500
Fax: 302-739-2711
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
Website: www.dpr.delaware.gov

Washington DC cremation laws – contacts :

Kevin Cyrus, Board Liaison
Occupational & Professional Licensing Administration
Board of Funeral Directors
1100 4th Street SW, Suite 500E
Washington, D.C. 20024
Phone: 202-442-4339
Fax: 202-698-4329
Email: kevin.cyrus@dc.gov
Website: www.pearsonvue.com/dc/funeral_director/

Florida cremation laws – contacts :

Doug Shropshire, Division Director
Department Financial Services
Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services
200 E. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0361
Phone: 850-413-3039
Fax: 850-413-4958
Email: doug.shropshire@myfloridacfo.com
Website: www.myfloridacfo.com/funeralcemetery

Georgia cremation laws – contacts :

Steve Lindsey, Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Funeral Service
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Phone: 478-207-2440
Fax: 866-888-8026
Email: slindsey@sos.state.ga.us
Website: www.sos.georgia.gov/plb/funeral

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Hawaii cremation laws – contacts :

Peter Oshiro, Program Manager
Sanitation Branch – Department of Health
591 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-586-8000
Fax: 808-586-8040
Email: peter.oshiro@doh.hawaii.gov
Website: www.health.hawaii.gov

Idaho cremation laws – contacts :

Erin Anderson, Technical Records Specialist 1
Idaho Board of Morticians
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 W State St
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063
Phone: 208-334-3233
Fax: 208-334-3945
Email: erin.anderson@ibol.idaho.gov
Website: www.ibol.idaho.gov

Illinois cremation laws – contacts :

Keri J. Ginger, Board Liaison
Illinois Dept. of Financial & Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: 217-785-5966
Fax: 217-782-7645
Email: keri.ginger@illinois.gov
Website: www.idfpr.com

Indiana cremation laws – contacts :

Tracy Hicks, Director
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-3031
Fax: 317-233-4236
Email: pla12@pla.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov/pla

Iowa cremation laws – contacts :

Susan Reynolds, Board Administrator
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-5234
Fax: 515-281-3121
Email: susan.reynolds@idph.iowa.gov 
Website: www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure

Kansas cremation laws – contacts :

Mack Smith, Executive Secretary
Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts
700 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 904
Topeka, KS 66603-3733
Phone: 785-296-3980
Fax: 785-296-0891
Email: boma1@ksbma.ks.gov
Website: www.kansas.gov/ksbma/

Kentucky cremation laws – contacts :

Letricia Chandler, Executive Director
Kentucky Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
8412 Westport Road
Louisville, KY 40242
Phone: 502-426-4589
Fax: 502-426-4117
Email: LetriciaR.Chandler@ky.gov
Website: www.kbefd.ky.gov/Pages/Law-and-Regulations.aspx

Louisiana cremation laws – contacts :

Kim W. Michel, Executive Director
State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
3500 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 1232
Metairie, LA 70002-3527
Phone: 504-838-5109
Fax: 504-838-5112
Email: labefd@bellsouth.net
Website: www.lsbefd.state.la.us

Maine cremation laws – contacts :

Torrey Gray, Board Administrator | Jennifer Hawk, Board Clerk
Maine State Board of Funeral Service
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
UPS: 122 Northern Ave., Gardiner Annex
Gardiner, ME 04345
Phone: 207-624-8626
Fax: 207-624-8637
Email: jennifer.m.hawk@maine.gov
Website: www.maine.gov/professionallicensing

Maryland cremation laws – contacts :

Ruth Ann Arty, Executive Director
Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
4201 Patterson Avenue, 5ht Floor
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 410-764-4792
Fax: 410-358-6571
Email: ruth.arty@maryland.gov
Website: www.dhmh.maryland.gov/bom/SitePages/Home.aspx

Massachusetts cremation laws – contacts :

Helen Peveri, Executive Director
Board of Embalming & Funeral Directing
1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-727-1718
Fax: 617-727-1627
Email: Helen.Peveri@state.ma.us
Website: www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/em

Michigan cremation laws – contacts :

Sarah Rock, Licensing Analyst
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities, & Commericial Licensing Bureau – Licensing Division
Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-241-9288
Fax: 517-373-2162
Email: bcslic@micigan.gov 
Website: www.mi.gov/mortuaryscience

Minnesota cremation laws – contacts :

Darcy Miner, Dvision Director
Department of Health, Compliance Monitoring Division
Mortuary Science Section
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
UPS: 85 East Seventh Place, Suite 300
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-201-3829
Fax: 651-201-3839
Email: Darcy.Miner@state.mn.us
Website: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/mortsci/

Mississippi cremation laws – contacts :

Dolores B. Kenney, Executive Director
Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service
3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite W
Flowood, MS 39232
Phone: 601-932-1973
Fax: 601-932-1901
Email: dkenney@msbfs.state.ms.us
Website: www.msbfs.ms.gov

Missouri cremation laws – contacts :

Sandy Sebastian, Executive Director
Missouri State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
P.O. Box 423
3605 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-751-0813
Fax: 573-751-1155
Email: embalm@pr.mo.gov
Website: pr.mo.gov/embalmers.asp

Montana cremation laws – contacts :

Cheryl Brandt, Board Administrator
Board of Funeral Service
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
UPS: 301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: 406-841-2394
Fax: 406-841-2305
Email: dlibsdfnr@mt.gov
Website: www.funeral.mt.gov

Nebraska cremation laws – contacts :

Kris Chiles, Section Administrator
Board of Funeral Directing and Embalming
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
UPS: 301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-471-2117
Fax: 402-471-3577
Email: kris.chiles@nebraska.gov
2017 Statutes: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Licensure/Documents/FuneralDirectingAndEmbalming.pdf

Nevada cremation laws – contacts :

Diane L. Shaffer, Secretary
Nevada State Funeral Board
PMB186, 4894 W. Lone Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Phone: 702-290-5366
Email: nvfuneralboard@sbcglobal.net
Website: funeral.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire cremation laws – contacts :

Susan M. Russell, Executive Director
Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-4648
Fax: 603-271-5056
Email: funeralbd@dhhs.state.nh.us
Website: www.nh.gov/funeral

New Jersey cremation laws – contacts :

William Mandeville, Executive Director
State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey
P.O. Box 45009
UPS: 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: 973-504-6425
Fax: 973-648-2855
Email: mandevillew@dca.lps.state.nj.us
Website: www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nonmed.htm#mort7

New Mexico cremation laws – contacts :

Roberta Perea, Administrator
New Mexico Board of Funeral Services
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
UPS: 2550 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-476-4604
Fax: 505-476-4665
Email: roberta.perea@state.nm.us
Website: www.rld.state.nm.us/

New York cremation laws – contacts :

Deborah H. Orecki, Director
Department of Health – Bureau of Funeral Directing
875 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: 518-402-0785
Fax: 518-402-0784
Email: funeral@health.state.ny.us
Website: http://www.nyhealth.gov/professionals/funeral_director/resident/training_program_guidelines.htm

North Carolina cremation laws – contacts :

Peter M. Burke, CFSP, Executive Director
North Carolina Board of Funeral Service
1033 Wade Avenue, Suite 108
Raleigh, NC 27605-1158
Phone: 919-733-9380, x105
Fax: 919-733-8271
Email: pmburke@ncbfs.org
Website: www.ncbfs.org

North Dakota cremation laws – contacts :

Dale G. Niewoehner, Executive Secretary
North Dakota State Board of Funeral Service
P.O. Box 161
Rugby, ND 58368-0161
Phone: 701-776-6222
Fax: 701-776-2546
Email: dmniewoehner@gondtc.com
Website: www.nd.gov/funeral

Ohio cremation laws – contacts :

Vanessa Niekamp, Executive Director
Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
77 South High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Phone: 614-466-4252
Fax: 614-728-6825
Email: vniekamp@funeral.ohio.gov
Website: www.funeral.ohio.gov

Oklahoma cremation laws – contacts :

Mark Riley, Executive Director
Oklahoma Funeral Board
4545 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-522-1790
Fax: 405-522-1797
Email: info@okfuneral.com
Website: www.ok.gov/funeral/

Oregon cremation laws – contacts :

Michelle Gaines, Executive Director
Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board
800 N.E. Oregon Street, Suite 430
Portland, OR 97232-2195
Phone: 971-673-1507
Fax: 971-673-1501
Email: mortuary.board@state.or.us
Website: www.oregon.gov/mortcem

Pennsylvania cremation laws – contacts :

Heidi Weirich , Board Administrator
Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
UPS: 2601 N. Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-783-3397
Fax: 717-705-5540
Email: ST-FUNERAL@pa.gov
Website: www.dos.state.pa.us/funeral

Rhode Island cremation laws – contacts :

Maureen Slowik, Administrator
State Board of Funeral Directing/Embalming
Department of Health, Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone: 401-222-2828
Fax: 401-222-1272
Email: Maureen.slowik@health.ri.gov
Website: www.health.ri.gov

South Carolina cremation laws – contacts :

Doris Cubitt, Administrator | Jeanie Rose, Administrative Assistant
South Carolina Board of Funeral Service
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211
UPS: 110 Centerview Drive, Suite 104
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-896-0379
Fax: 803-896-4554
Email: rosej@llr.sc.gov
Website: www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/funeral

South Dakota cremation laws – contacts :

Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary
State Board of Funeral Service
810 N. Main #298
Spearfish, SD 57783
UPS: 629 Main St.
Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone: 605-642-1600
Fax: 605-642-1006
Email: proflic@rushmore.com
Website: ww.doh.sd.gov/boards/funeral/

Tennessee cremation laws – contacts :

Robert B. Gribble, Executive Director
Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1144
Phone: 615-741-5062
Fax: 615-532-1903
Email: robert.gribble@tn.gov
Website: www.state.tn.us/regboards/funeral

Texas cremation laws – contacts :

Executive Director
Texas Funeral Service Commission
P.O. Box 12217, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711-1440
UPS: 333 Guadalupe St, 2-110
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-936-2474
Fax: 512-479-5064
Website: www.tfsc.state.tx.us

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Utah cremation laws – contacts :

Dan S. Jones, Bureau Manager | Ann Naegelin, Board Secretary
Utah Board of Funeral Service
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
UPS: 160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-530-6628
Fax: 801-530-6511
Email: anaegelin@utah.gov
Website: www.dopl.utah.gov

Vermont cremation laws – contacts :

Danielle Rubalcaba, Licensing Board Specialist
Vermont Board of Funeral Service
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main St., 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
Phone: 802-828-1501
Fax: 802-828-2465
Email: danielle.rubalcaba@sec.state.vt.us
Website: governor.vermont.gov/boards_and_commissions/funeral_service

Virginia cremation laws – contacts :

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Perimeter Center
Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive, Ste. 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone: 804-367-4479
Fax: Fax Number: 804-527-4413
Email: fanbd@dhp.virginia.gov
Website: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/funeral/

Washington cremation laws – contacts :

Lorin Doyle, Administrator | Jeanne Todd, Program Coordinator
Department of Licensing
Funeral & Cemetery Office
P.O. Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507-9012
UPS: 405 Black Lake Boulevard
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: 360-664-1555
Fax: 360-664-1495
Email: funerals@dol.wa.gov
Website: www.dol.wa.gov/business/funeralcemetery

West Virginia cremation laws – contacts :

Regina Foster, Executive Director
West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners
179 Summers Street, Suite 305
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-558-0302
Fax: 304-558-0660
Email: wvfuneralboard@hotmail.com
Website: www.wvfuneralboard.com

Wisconsin cremation laws – contacts :

Dan Williams, Executive Director | Judy Mendor, Credentialing
Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examining Board
Department of Safety and Professional Services
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
UPS: 1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-267-3816
Email: web@dsps.wy.gov
Website: www.drl.wi.gov

Wyoming cremation laws – contacts :

JoAnn Reid, Licensing Director
Wyoming State Board of Embalming
2800 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-5403
Fax: 307-777-3508
Email: joann.reid@wyo.gov
Website: plboards.state.wy.us