On January 7, 2003, the Bureau of Funeral and Cemetery Services and the Board of Funeral and Cemetery Services moved to the Department of Financial Services to report to the Chief Financial Officer.
The 2004 Legislature initiated the regulatory consolidation of the death care industry in Senate Bill 528. The Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Funeral and Cemetery Services regulated cemeteries, pre-need merchandise/service contracts and related matters through Chapter 497, F.S. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulated funeral directing, embalming and direct disposition through Chapter 470, F.S. An appointed regulatory Board was maintained within each Department.
October 1, 2005, Chapter 470, F.S., was merged into Chapter 497, F.S., and all regulatory authority was transferred to the Department of Financial Services. The Board of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services was created to regulate the entire death care industry. The 2005 Legislature completed the regulatory consolidation of the death care industry with adjustments to the previous legislation in House Bills 529 and 1469. The Legislature created the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services and revised Chapter 497, Florida Statutes. The following are the purposes and intent in forming the Division: