Pursuant to statutory changes enacted by the Legislature in 2004 and
2005, effective October 1, 2005, you are no longer regulated by DBPR
and the former Board Of Funeral Directors And Embalmers.
The statutory changes abolished both the Board Of Funeral Directors and
Embalmers, and also the Board Of Funeral And Cemetery Services.
The new law created a single new industry-wide board, named the "Board of
Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services.” You are now regulated by that new
board. The board includes representatives from all segments of the death care
industry in Florida.
The new board is located within the Florida Department of Financial Services
(DFS), and specifically within DFS’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery & Consumer
Services (the new Division).
Beginning October 1, 2005, mail and other communications to you from the state,
concerning your license, will no longer refer to DBPR or the Board Of Funeral
Directors and Embalmers, and instead will name the new Board and DFS and the new
Effective October 1, 2005, DBPR is no longer directly involved in issuing,
renewing, or otherwise regulating, any death care industry licenses, including
YOUR LICENSE REMAINS FULLY EFFECTIVE.
This change in regulation in no way alters your license status. You remain
fully licensed to engage in any and all activities which you were, as of
9-30-05, authorized to engage under the regulation of DBPR and the Board Of
Funeral Directors and Embalmers. The only difference is that you're now
considered to be licensed and regulated by the new Board and the Dept of
THERE IS NO SPECIAL ACTION REQUIRED ON YOUR PART.
You are automatically considered a licensee of the new Board and of DFS. You are
not required to file any special applications or other forms, in relation to
this change in regulation.
YOUR RENEWAL DATE REMAINS UNCHANGED.
Your license will be up for renewal at the same time it was renewed while
regulated within DBPR. The new Division will send you renewal notice similar to
notice you received from DBPR.
RULES REMAIN IN EFFECT.
All of the rules of the former Board Of Funeral Directors and Embalmers have
been shifted to the new Board, and are now considered rules of the new Board,
and remain in effect. The new Board may amend the rules, pursuant to standard
notice and rulemaking requirements. Meetings of the rules committee of the new
Board will be noticed under the “Board meetings schedule” Button on this
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS REMAIN UNCHANGED.
All continuing education requirements remain in effect, unchanged. Your record
of completed CE is being transferred from DBPR to DFS, where you will get full
credit for it. Courses that were approved for CE credit as of 9-30-05, continue
to be approved for CE credit.
MONTHLY REPORTS OF BODIES EMBALMED, FUNERALS, ETC.
The requirement for filing monthly report of bodies embalmed, funerals, direct
dispositions, cremations, etc., remain in effect and unchanged, except the forms
now refer to DFS rather than DBPR. The new forms, which include the new address
to which the forms should be sent, are available on this website (click on
“Forms” then follow the link – the forms appear under the heading “Monthly
reports”). If you mistakenly mailed the forms to DBPR, DFS will retrieve them
from DBPR and give you credit for making the report.
INTERNS & APPRENTICES & SUPERVISORS
Embalmer apprenticeships, and funeral director and embalmer internships,
continue in force and effect, under the same guidelines and rules as previously.
Supervisors need to continue to file Quarterly Reports, but send the reports to
DFS. The new Quarterly Report forms are available on this website (click on
“Forms” then follow the link – the forms appear under the heading “Supervisor’s
Qtr’ly Reports”). If you mistakenly mailed the forms to DBPR, DFS will retrieve
them from DBPR and give you credit for making the report.
Funeral homes, cinerators, direct disposal establishments, etc., continue to be
required to be inspected annually, and at other times as needed, but the
inspectors will be DFS staff.
COMPLAINTS & INVESTIGATIONS
Complaints by consumers and industry members, will now be filed with the new
Division, and will be investigated, where merited, by DFS staff. There is a
Button on the prior webpage of this website, entitled “File a complaint.”
Complaints may be filed online, or on a paper form available under the “File a
DFS will investigate and act as needed to terminate improper unlicensed
activity. Complaints alleging improper unlicensed activity may be filed via the
“File a complaint” Button on the prior webpage.
As was the case under DBPR and the Board Of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, the
new Board is generally in charge of setting fees you must pay. The new Board may
change fees, pursuant to standard notice and rulemaking requirements. Meetings
of the rules committee of the new Board will be noticed under the “Board
meetings schedule” Button on this website.