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Division of Funeral, Cemetery & Consumer Services
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ESPECIALLY FOR FORMER DBPR LICENSEES

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 Division.

Effective October 1, 2005, DBPR is no longer directly involved in issuing, renewing, or otherwise regulating, any death care industry licenses, including yours.

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 Financial Services.

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 website.

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.

INSPECTIONS
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 complaint” button.

UNLICENSED ACTIVITY
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.

FEES
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.