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

  1. File a business license application to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number from the Department of Revenue.
  2. Submit an application, either online or by mail:
  3. Online
    • If the business is a partnership, LLC, or corporation, prepare your partnership agreement, Certificate of Formation, or Articles of Incorporation for upload. See Uploading document instructions
    • Login to submit your application and pay the application fee.
      • During this process, you will upload partnership, LLC, or corporation documents, if required.
    • At the Initial Application dashboard (available after you submit your application), add the controlling interests (owners and/or LLC/corporate officers) and designated funeral director.
  • By mail
  • Submit all of the following:
    • Completed and signed 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.
    • If the business is a partnership, LLC, or corporation, a copy of your partnership agreement, Certificate of Formation, or Articles of Incorporation
    • 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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