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Licenses, Permits, and RegistrationsProcesses and Criminal History Records Checks Effective 10/1/2015.
All applications for initial licensure in any category to the Board will have to include a criminal records history check.
The Federal ORI number is MD920521Z.
The State authorization number is 1400003636.


Family Security Trust Fund Annual Payment Notice


The Board Office will be closed on November 11, 2015 for the observance of Veteran’s Day. Call the office phone, 410-764-4792, and leave a message. Staff will be checking for any immediate concern.


Beginning October 14th, the open session of the Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors will commence at 1:00 PM in the afternoon.
The second Wednesday in November is Veteran’s Day, which is a State holiday. Therefore, the November open session meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 PM




The Anatomical Services Division, School of Medicine, UMB is offering CEU's three Saturdays in March on the Electronic Death Registration System, Maryland Pre-Need Law, Maryland Human Dignity Act, Maryland Veterans Cemeteries and Outreach, and Public Guardianship Program. See attached Formsto register.


As discussed in open Board, the regulation that requires a drain in a preparation/embalming room will be enforced as of May 1, 2015.


Use of Body Bags:
The Board announced at their January 14th open session meeting that mortuary transport services, under the law, are required to use body bags when making removals. This includes removals made by mortuary transport companies for funeral establishments. Although the Board believes it is best practice for funeral establishments to utilize body bags when making their own removals, it is not required by law.


There will be a protocol for funeral establishments who volunteer to serve families of deceased Ebola patients. All transport of human remains will be handled by the Anatomy Board. After seventy-two hours, any remains could be picked up by the funeral establishment for immediate final disposition. Please email Ruth Ann Arty at, if your funeral establishment is volunteering to serve any possible decedents’ families.


The enforcement of the mortuary transport regulations is being extended until after November 15, 2014 to allow extra time for training and compliance.


1. Receipt of Human Remains at Crematory, Release of Cremated Human Remains from Crematory and Verification Of Human Remains to be Cremated and 2. Log for Mortuary Transport Vehicles. (Please keep in the glove compartment of the removal vehicle and update for each removal)


Mortician and Funeral Directors - Pre-Need Contracts Effective July 1, 2014.


Instructions for "Guaranteed, Non-Guaranteed, and Guaranteed in Part Contracts.

Sample of Guarantee in Part Contract.


Crematory Regulations 10.29.16 - 10.29.20 Effective Date 4/14/2014.


Crematory owners do not need to be certified unless they plan to operate the cremators.


Transportation Regulations 10.29.21 Effective 2/17/2014


During the March 12, 2014 Open Session, the Board discussed the placement of the ID Tag which is required to be placed on the long bone, as it affects religious practice. Religious groups, that shroud the body after death, have raised concerns that present practice would cause a disturbance to the body if identification became necessary. The Board decided that the required ID Tag must still be placed on the long bone per Health Occupations §7-411. For Jewish bodies an additional tag should be placed on the wrist, for ID to be possible and still honor cultural concerns regarding not disturbing the wrap. For Muslim bodies, an alternative method is suggested. An additional ID tag should be placed around both ankles, over the wrap. Thank you all for respecting cultural concern and following the law.



The State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors was established as the State Board of Undertakers of Maryland in 1902 (Chapter 160, Acts of 1902). Renamed the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 1937, then the Board of Morticians in 1981. The Board received its present name in 2007 (Chapter 186 Acts of 2007).

The purpose of the State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors is to carry out the duties mandated under Title 7 of the Health Occupations Article. The primary purpose is the protection of the public's health and welfare through proper credentialing, examination, licensure, and discipline of morticians, funeral directors, surviving spouses, apprentices and funeral establishments in Maryland. The Board also inspects and licenses funeral establishments upon proof of compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws. The Board issues 7 categories of licenses: Mortician, Funeral Directors, Surviving Spouse, Apprentices, Funeral Establishments, Funeral Service Corporate Licenses and Courtesy Card licenses.

The Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors interacts cooperatively with other agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection, DHMH Office of the Secretary, Office of Cemetery Oversight of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, DHMH Office of the Medical Examiner, and the State Anatomy Board where the Mortician's law and practical examinations are given.

The Board became Special Funded in October of 1993. The revenue collected from licensing fees covers the operating costs of the Board.



Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors Address

Ruth Ann Arty, Executive Director- RuthAnn.Arty@Maryland.Gov

PHONE: 410-764-4792


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PIA Requests

  • Public Information Act Contact:
    Ruth Ann Arty   (410) 764-4792


Upcoming Events

  • Oct 6 - Juris. Exam @ 10:00 am
  • Oct 6 - Practical Exam @ 12:30 pm
  • Oct 14 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Oct 27 - Family Security Trust Advisory Committee Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Nov 10 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Dec 9 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Jan 5 - Juris. Exam @ 10:00 am
  • Jan 13 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Feb 10 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Mar 9 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Apr 13 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • Apr 19 - Juris. Exam @ 10:00 am
  • Apr 19 - Practical Exam @ 12:30 pm
  • May 11 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • June 8 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm
  • July 5 - Juris. Exam @ 10:00 am
  • July 13 - Board Meeting @ 1:00 pm