News updates: Funeral and cemeteries
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
FEMA will begin accepting applications for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on April 12, 2021.
To qualify for assistance:
- the death must have occurred in the United States
- the death certificate must indicate the death was COVID-19-related
- the applicant incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020
You can find information on how to apply can at FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance page.
Renewal notice changes
Our renewal reminder will be different the next time you need to renew your license. If we have your email on file, you'll get an email reminder that it's time to renew your license. If we don't have your email, you'll get a mailed letter. This means we won't send you a form to fill out and mail back. You'll be able to renew online.
The new renewal reminder directs you to our new online professional licensing portal. Once logged in, you'll be able to:
- Start your renewal to see the amount owed
- Complete the renewal
- Print your license
You can log in or sign up to make sure we have your current email or add one if you don't already have one on file.
New system to manage your professional and business licenses online is now available
We have a new online system available for managing some types of business and professional licenses. This means more security to protect your personal information and quicker license processing. You’ll have access to new features to:
- Pay license fees using secure online payment options
- Self-print your license
- Update your account information
Plan extra time for the first time you use the system, you’ll need to create your profile.
Learn how to set up account access.
Certified copies of vital records for VA claims
Vital records law, Certified Copies of Vital Records for VA Claims., requires the Department of Health to provide certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, annulment or legal separation at no charge when requested in connection with a claim for compensation or pension pending before the Veterans Administration (VA). For the full policy, see
Complying with the Funeral Rule
If you sell funeral goods and services, you'll want to know how to comply with the Funeral Rule. This federal law gives some important rights to people making funeral arrangements, and establishes basic requirements for funeral homes. To learn more, see Complying with the Funeral Rule.
Resources available to help funeral directors and cemeteries
Looking for guidance on the Death with Dignity Act? Or how to return remains to Mexico? See Resources and publications for guidelines and instructions.