IDAHO BOARD OF MORTICIANS 


Licensure Application Process

Idaho law requires the licensure of all persons who practice or offer to practice as a mortician or funeral director in the State of Idaho. Licensure is available through both endorsement and examination. The Board registers trainees, and licenses Funeral Directors and Morticians. The Board also issues Certificates of Authority to allow the sale of pre-arranged service contracts.

 

RESIDENT TRAINEE APPLICATION CHECK LIST 

For the Resident Trainee permit the following are required: 

  • Applicant must be a resident of Idaho.
  • A completed application, passport-style photo, and fees. 
  • Proof of graduation from high school or a GED.
  • An Idaho licensed Mortician must be the supervisor in an Idaho licensed Funeral Establishment.
  • At the end of the resident trainee period, a Resident Trainee Final Report must be filed by the supervising mortician. It is the responsibility of the Resident Trainee and supervisor to see the report is filed. Applications for further licensure will not be considered until the final report is filed.
  • Resident Trainee permits can only be held for three years to gain the experience required. Any extensions must be requested prior to the expiration date of the permit.
  • Must proceed to qualify as a licensee within the following three-year period or show the Board a good reason for further delay.  

NOTE:  Any interruption in the training of 60 days or more constitutes termination of training. 

 

MORTICIAN LICENSE APPLICATION CHECK LIST 

For the Mortician license the following are required: 

  • A Resident Trainee Final Report signed by the Supervisor on file showing that you have assisted in embalming at least twenty-five human bodies and assisted in making at least 25 funeral arrangements and conducted at least 25 funerals under supervision.

  • A completed application, passport style photo, and fees. Approval to take the exam will not be given by the Board until your application is complete and has been reviewed by the Board.

  • An official transcript showing 60 semester credits from an accredited college or university (45 of the credits must be in liberal arts, business, or science). 

  • An official transcript showing completion of a course of at least one year in an embalming school accredited by the American Board of Funeral  Service Education, Inc.

  • Official score reports from the Conference of Funeral Service Examiners on the Arts and Sciences portions of the National Examination.  

  • Upon receipt of all the above, the Board must approve the application and, finally, the Idaho State Law examination must be passed.

 NOTE:  All materials and supporting documentation must be on file with the Bureau before you are approved to sit for the Idaho State Based Examination.  You must have an application on file for Board review for the Idaho State Based Examination to the Bureau of Occupational Licenses BEFORE you contact The Conference to sit for the examination. The Conference must receive approval from the Board before you are allowed to sit for the State Based Examination. Following passage of The Conference Exam, all applicants must also take and pass the Idaho Law and Rule exam. This exam is scheduled by contacting the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

FUNERAL DIRECTOR LICENSE APPLICATION CHECK LIST 

For the Funeral Director's license the following are required: 

  • A Resident Trainee Final Report signed by the Supervisor on file showing that you have assisted in 25 funeral arrangements and 25 funerals. 
  •  A completed application, passport-style photo, and fees. Approval to take the exam will not be given by the Board until your application is complete and has been reviewed by the Board.
  • An official transcript showing 60 semester credits from an accredited college or university (45 of the credits must be in liberal arts, business, or science) 
  • An official transcript showing at least 15 semester credit hours or the equivalent from an accredited funeral director program in courses of study including:
    • business law
    • psychology
    • sociology
    • funeral service counseling
    • funeral service management
    • other classes that relate to conducting funeral business  
  • Official score report of passing The Conference Idaho State Based Examination from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examing Board (see Note).
  • Upon receipt of all the above, the Board must approve the application and, finally, the Idaho State Law examination must be passed.

 

NOTE:  All materials and supporting documentation must be on file with the Bureau before you are approved to sit for the Idaho State Based Examination.  You must have an application on file for Board review for the Idaho State Based Examination to the Bureau of Occupational Licenses BEFORE you contact The Conference to sit for the examination. The Conference must receive approval from the Board before you are allowed to sit for the State Based Examination. Following the passage of The Conference Exam, all applicants must also take and pass the Idaho Law and Rule exam. This exam is scheduled by contacting the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

 

Please Note: The Idaho Board of Morticians has two license types (Mortician and Funeral Director), please be sure you are using the application form for the license type you are seeking. The primary distinguishing factor between the two is that Funeral Directors are not allowed to care for, prepare or embalm a dead human body. Please see Idaho Code 54-1102(19) and 54-1102(11)for more information on the scope of practice for each license type.

ENDORSEMENT FOR EITHER MORTICIAN OR FUNERAL DIRECTOR 

For an endorsement application for Mortician license or Funeral Director license the following are required if the applicant has a current, valid license in another state with requirements similar to Idaho: 

  • A completed application, passport-style photo, and fees. 
  • Certification from the home state showing status of licensure. 
  • Certification of having passed the appropriate examination(s) given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examiners Board. 
  • Upon review and acceptance of the above requirements by the Mortician Board, an Idaho State Law examination must be successfully completed. 

 

For either a Mortician license or a Funeral Director license for a person holding a current, valid license in a state with requirements significantly lower than Idaho but has five consecutive years of experience the following are required: 

  • A completed  application, passport-style photo, and fees. 
  • Certification of licensure from the home state. 
  • Certification of having passed the appropriate examination(s) given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examiners Board. 
  • Upon review and acceptance from the Mortician Board of the above requirements, passing the Idaho State Law examination. 

 

The Board also licenses Funeral Establishments and Crematories, and issues Certificates of Authority to those offering pre-need insurance policies to the public. A facility inspection is required prior to a facility‚Äôs original licensure. Inspections of all crematories are conducted annually.

Be advised that a reinstatement penalty of  $250.00 will be required for all renewals for licenses, permits or certificates that are postmarked after the expiration date.  The reinstatement penalty is in addition to the renewal fee.

All applicants must complete and submit an application with the required documentation and appropriate fees.

You may download Application Forms here or request an application by writing:

 

Board of Morticians
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063

Please include your name, address, & daytime phone number with your request.