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How to get your license: Funeral directors

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. These videos and guides can help you set up your account access. For help using the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who provides care, shelter, transportation, and arrangements for the disposition of human remains, including arranging and directing funeral, memorial, or other services.


To get a license as a funeral director, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Meet at least one of the following education requirements:
    • Have an Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science.
    • Meet the Alternative education requirements.
    • Have at least 5 years of active licensed experience in another state.
  • Complete a funeral director internship.
  • Take and pass the licensing exam.

Out-of-state applicants

  • If you have 5 years or more of active licensed experience in another state, you don't need to meet the education requirements.
  • If you have less than 5 years of active licensed experience in another state, you must meet the education requirements.

What you'll need sent to us

  • Official copy of your National Board scores.
  • Official transcripts, if you want education to be applied toward experience.
  • License history and exam verifications, if you have out-of-state experience.

How to apply

  • Submit an application:
  • Online
  • By mail
    Please allow 7–10 business days, not including mailing time, to process your application.
  • Have any official transcripts, National Board Scores, or license history and exam verifications sent to:
    Funeral and Cemetery Board
    PO Box 9012
    Olympia, WA 98507-9012
    Only sealed transcripts sent directly from the issuing college or university will be accepted.

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