Georgia Board of Funeral Service


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The Georgia State Board of Funeral Service administers the Funeral Service Law for the purpose of better protection of life and health, preventing the spread of contagious, communicable, and infectious diseases, and regulating the practice of embalming and funeral directing and the care and disposition of dead human bodies. 


Board Office Operations Update

Due to the continued pandemic, most Professional Licensing Boards Division staff are teleworking. However, the PLB lobby is open to visitors to drop documents off or leave messages during regular business hours. Constituents are encouraged to utilize web resources for online transactions and to answer frequently asked questions. For additional information, contact the call center at 404-424-9966 or 844-753-7825. 


For more information about the organization and duties of the board: 

Laws, Policies, and Rules

Meeting ScheduleCLICK HERE

Board MembersCLICK HERE


ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY: INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

The Professional Licensing Boards Division has implemented a new policy regarding the processing of incomplete applications.

Effective August 1, 2021, applications submitted for licensure, certification, or registration must be complete and correct, including submission of all required documents, prior to review by the Board or issuance of authority to test.

Board staff will notify the applicant of any application deficiencies. Applicants will have 60 days from the date of the notification to correct the deficiencies and submit requirements to the board office. Failure to comply within the 60-day window will result in the administrative withdrawal of the application.

When an incomplete application is withdrawn, and further consideration is desired, a new application with all appropriate fees and documents will be required. To view the new policy in full, click HERE


COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Board strongly encourages licensees to continue to support one another, be mindful of potential exposure, use best practices to prevent infection and help slow the spread of COVID-19, and adhere to the terms of the Governor's Executive Orders to ensure the health, safety and welfare of both licensees and the general public. 

Click HERE to see Governor Kemp's most recent Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 and the Public Health State of Emergency.

Click HERE for up to date information and guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, including Funeral and Mortuary Science Guidance, which can be found HERE.

Click HERE for up to date information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including information for Funeral Home Workers, which can be found HERE, and Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families, which can be found HERE.

Click HERE for up to date information and guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

To report issues of noncompliance with any of the executive orders you should call the state's hotline at 844-442-2681. The hotline can be used for asking about symptoms related to COVID-19, finding out if someone should get tested, reporting possible scams related to COVID-19, and alerting the state about non-compliant businesses. 


IMPACT ON TESTING

Pearson VUE resumed full testing on May 1, 2020, though there is limited test center capacity for scheduling to enforce social distancing. For the most up-to-date ICFSEB COVID-19 information click HERE, and for updates from Pearson VUE click HERE.

PSI test centers began reopening on May 1, 2020. Test sites are reopened where city, county, and state jurisdictions will allow, however, as the safety of candidates and PSI’s employees remain a top priority, sites will only be open for scheduling at 50% of their capacity in order to enforce social distancing procedures. PSI has also enacted a number of new policies surrounding enhanced sanitation procedures, allowable personal protective equipment for candidates, and flexible rescheduling. PSI is now mandating that ALL candidates wear face masks at all times while in the test center. If a candidate fails to bring and wear a face mask during the examination, they will be requested to leave the test site. An outline of the steps being taken to ensure candidate and employee safety can be found HERE. It is important to note that due to the backlog of candidates and testing centers operating at reduced capacity, scheduling availability may not be immediate. Situations are arising where candidates need to be rescheduled to ensure procedures are adhered to. When a cancellation must happen, PSI will begin rescheduling candidate appointments by most recently scheduled, prioritizing candidates that have held their appointments the longest. Please check your email and voicemails routinely to review any pertinent exam appointment communication from PSI and avoid unnecessary travel. For questions, PSI can be best reached at 855-744-0314.


Funeral Service License Renewals 

The deadline for renewal for all license types was March 31, 2020. 

If you did not complete your renewal by the April 30th late renewal deadline your license is now lapsed and you will need to reinstate your license. Applications for reinstatement can be found under the "Application/Form Downloads" tab of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service website, HERE.

Have you confirmed your license renewal? What is the current status of your license? Please use the online "Licensure Search" feature to confirm that your renewal was completed. Be sure to check the current status and the license expiration date. If the information does not reflect that your license is "Active" with an expiration date of 3/31/2022 then your renewal has not been completed.

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