Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Regulations of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers [18 VAC 65 ‑ 20]
Licenses for funeral directors and embalmers
Action 5635
General Information
Action Summary Pursuant to Chapter 943 of the 2020 Acts of the Assembly, this regulatory action establishes the education, examination, and experience required to be issued a license as a funeral director or an embalmer. Applicants will be required to obtain an associate’s degree in an accredited mortuary science program or complete a program approved by the Board. Coursework in embalming will not be required for the funeral director license, and coursework in funeral directing and preneed financing will not be required for the embalmer license. All funeral interns will be required to complete 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the area or areas of funeral practice for which they are seeking licensure. Amendments are also necessary to insert the three types of licenses and scopes of practice, as applicable, throughout Chapters 20, 30, and 40.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 65-20 Regulations of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 65 - 30 Regulations for Preneed Funeral Planning Amend Existing Regulation
  18 VAC 65 - 40 Regulations for the Funeral Service Intern Program Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006539]
Associated Mandates Requirements for licensing of funeral directors and embalmers
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9107 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
9241 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/04/2022.
9599 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/07/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Corie Tillman Wolf  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4479    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.