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How to get your license: Funeral directors

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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