Georgia Board of Funeral Service


Georgia Board of Funeral Service

The Georgia Board of Funeral Service administers the Funeral Service Law for the purpose of better protection of life and health, preventing the spread of contagious, communicable, and infectious diseases, and regulating the practice of embalming and funeral directing and the care and disposition of dead human bodies.

The Board consists of 7 members appointed by the Governor, six of whom are licensed and practicing funeral directors and embalmers, with one member serving as a consumer representative who has no connection with the funeral service industry. The Board is authorized to prescribe a standard of proficiency as to the qualifications and fitness of embalmers and funeral directors, to revoke or suspend licenses for any violation of this law, to adopt rules and regulations and to set standards of sanitation to be observed in the embalming or cremation of dead human bodies.

Board meetings are monthly (view Meeting Schedule for dates) and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for Board consideration must submit a written request to the Professional Licensing Board office in Macon.

Click HERE to visit the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service website.  

Are you trying to reach the Georgia Board of Funeral Service?  They have a new phone number.

Effective September 1st, our phone number has changed to 404-424-9966. Our office can also still be reached by using the toll free number, 844-753-7825. 

NOTICE OF RECEIVERSHIP FOR CEDAR RIDGE CEMETERY IN GRAY, GEORGIA:

The Securities and Charities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State (“Division”) working with the Georgia Attorney General and the Board of Cemeterians recently filed a Complaint in the Superior Court for Jones County regarding alleged violations of the Georgia Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of 2000 (“Act”) by Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Jerry C. Bridges, Sr. and additional parties.

On January 6, 2021, the Superior Court for Jones County issued an Order (2020-SU-CV-00389) appointing Examination Resources, LLC (“Examination Resources”) as the receiver over Cedar Ridge Cemetery.

As the appointed receiver, Examination Resources is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Cedar Ridge Cemetery, including coordinating funeral services at the property and collecting monies.

Examination Resources has established a new phone number for Cedar Ridge Cemetery: (404)-301-3340.

Any funeral home, funeral director, or member of the public seeking the assistance of Cedar Ridge Cemetery should contact the receiver, Examination Resources, at this number: (404) 301-3340.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (470) 312-2640 or cemeteries@sos.ga.gov.


LICENSING NEWS: The deadline for renewal for all license types was March 31, 2020. If you did not complete your renewal by the April 30th late renewal deadline your license is now lapsed and you will need to reinstate your license. Applications for reinstatement can be found under the "Application/Form Downloads" tab of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service website, HERE.

Have you confirmed your license renewal? What is the current status of your license? Please use the online "Licensure Search" feature to confirm that your renewal was completed. Be sure to check the current status and the license expiration date. If the information does not reflect that your license is "Active" with an expiration date of 3/31/2022 then your renewal has not been completed.


Georgia Law - Right of Final Disposition

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Certificate of Cremation

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Additional resources from the Georgia Board of Funeral Service may be found by clicking the links below: 

  • Board Rules - Click HERE
  • GA Law - Click HERE

  • For more information about the organization and duties of the board, please click on the Laws, Policies, and Rules tab on their home page.
  • View the Meeting Schedule under their Board Information tab for meeting dates and times.
  • For access to a list of forms related to the funeral profession, including licensing-related applications, continuing education materials, and affidavits,  click here .
  • For the latest licensing news and information regarding licensing (including renewals, applications, affidavits &  verifiable documents, continuing education sources and Georgia State Board of Funeral Service meeting items), click here.
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