How to get your license: Funeral establishments


To get a funeral establishment license, a person, partnership, association, corporation, or other organization must:

  • Have a physical business location.
  • Designate the name under which the funeral establishment will operate and the location for which the establishment license is to be issued.
  • Be licensed in Washington as a funeral director, or employ at least 1 funeral director who will be in service at each location.
  • Be bound by all the establishment’s existing prearrangement funeral service contracts.

Denial for disciplinary actions

The board may deny an application for a funeral establishment license, or issue a conditional license, if disciplinary action has been taken previously against the applicant or the applicant’s designated funeral director or embalmer.

How to apply for a license

  1. File a business license application to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Department of Revenue.
  2. Complete a Funeral Establishment License or Branch Establishment Registration Application.
    • You must include your UBI number on the application.
    • Be sure to include the names and addresses of the sole proprietor, partners, or corporate officers.
  3. Mail all of the following to the address on the application form:
    • Your completed, signed application.
    • A check or money order for the application fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).

Expiration dates

All funeral establishment licenses expire on January 31 each year. You must renew your license annually.

License not transferable

Funeral establishment licenses aren’t transferable. However, you may apply for more than one funeral establishment license as long as you meet the requirements for each license.

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