Learn the rules funeral establishment licenses, and how to apply for one.
Who needs a license?
Any business that provides care, shelter, transportation, embalming, preparation, and arrangements for the disposition of human remains.
You may apply for more than 1 funeral establishment license as long as you meet the requirements for each license.
How to apply
Make sure you meet the requirements, and follow the steps below to apply for a funeral establishment license.
1. Meet the requirements
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
- Designate the location for which the establishment license is to be issued
- Be bound by all the establishment's existing prearrangement funeral service contracts
The person, partnership, association, corporation, or other organization must also either:
- Have held a valid, active Washington funeral director license for at least 1 year, or
- Employ at least 1 designated funeral director who has held an active Washington funeral director license for at least 1 year at each location
2. File with the Department of Revenue
File a business license application with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to get a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number. Once you receive your UBI you can apply for your funeral establishment license.
3. Complete all the necessary forms
Complete all of the following forms:
List of Officers form
Complete a List of Officers form with the names and titles of all your establishment's officers (e.g., sole proprietor, partner, etc).
Funeral Establishment/Branch License Application
Prearrangement Annual Report
If you are purchasing an existing funeral establishment, you must include a Prearrangement Annual Report. You must honor any existing prearrangement contracts the owner from whom you are purchasing the establishment has made.
4. Submit your application
You'll pay the funeral establishment application fee when you apply.
Apply for your license online
You'll receive your license faster by applying and paying the licensing fee online.
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Apply for your license by mail
Mail your forms and a check or money order for the application fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to:
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777
Denial for disciplinary actions
If you, your designated funeral director, or your embalmer have had disciplinary action taken against you in the past, we may deny your application or issue you a conditional license.
All funeral establishment licenses expire on January 31 each year. You must renew your license annually.
Licenses are not transferable
Funeral establishment licenses aren't transferable.