Georgia Board of Funeral Service


Georgia Board of Funeral Service

The Georgia State 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. 

For more information about the organization and duties of the board, please click on the Laws, Policies, and Rules tab on their home page


BOARD OFFICE OPERATIONS UPDATE

Due to the continued pandemic, most Professional Licensing Boards Division staff are teleworking. However, the PLB lobby is open to visitors to drop documents off or leave messages during regular business hours. Constituents are encouraged to utilize web resources for online transactions and to answer frequently asked questions. 

For additional information, contact the call center at 404-424-9966 or 844-753-7825. 


ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

The Professional Licensing Boards Division has implemented a new policy regarding the processing of incomplete applications.

Effective August 1, 2021, applications submitted for licensure, certification, or registration must be complete and correct, including submission of all required documents, prior to review by the Board or issuance of authority to test.

Board staff will notify the applicant of any application deficiencies. Applicants will have 60 days from the date of the notification to correct the deficiencies and submit requirements to the board office. Failure to comply within the 60-day window will result in the administrative withdrawal of the application.

When an incomplete application is withdrawn, and further consideration is desired, a new application with all appropriate fees and documents will be required. To view the new policy in full, click HERE


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?
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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