How to get your license: Funeral establishments
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Who needs a license?
Any business that provides care, shelter, transportation, embalming, preparation, and arrangements for the disposition of human remains.
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
- File a business license application to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Department of Revenue. Once you receive your UBI you can apply for your Funeral Establishment license.
- Complete a List of Officers form.
- Submit your application:
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. You may apply for more than 1 funeral establishment license as long as you meet the requirements for each license.
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