Funeral Director and Embalmer: Includes the counseling of families relating to conducting funeral services for dead human bodies for burial, disposition, or cremation or directing or supervising burial, disposition, or cremation of dead human bodies; and preparing a dead human body for burial or other final disposal.
Apprentice: Is completing a full 12-month apprenticeship (or 6-month split apprenticeship) under the supervision of a licensed funeral director and embalmer practicing in the State of Nebraska. The licensed funeral director and embalmer is responsible for all funeral assists and embalmings completed by the apprentice.
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Funeral Directing and Embalming Applications:
National Examination: The national examination is administered through an accredited mortuary science college. Jurisprudence and Vital Statistics Examinations: To take these examinations, you must either be in an apprenticeship or have your license application approved via reciprocity and submit an examination registration application. The examinations are administered on set dates during the months of January, April, July and October.
Nebraska requires a score of 75 percent or above on each examination.
The written jurisprudence examination consists of 50 true and false/multiple choice questions. Questions will be developed from the following:
The Nebraska Vital Statistics Forms Examination requires completion of the following six forms:
Funeral Directors & Embalmers: License expiration is February 1 of even-numbered years.
To renew your license, you must:
Funeral Directors & Embalmers:
To reinstate your license from either inactive or expired status, you must:
A licensed funeral director and embalmer must be present at each organized or scheduled funeral service (including a wake where an organized service is conducted or a religious service), burial and interment, whenever a dead human body is present. No person who is not licensed as a funeral director and embalmer or serving as an apprentice can embalm dead human bodies for burial or cremation.
Unlicensed Persons: Persons who are not licensed as funeral directors and embalmers may assist in implementing arrangements made by a licensed funeral director and embalmer as long as they are under his/her supervision and responsibility. These activities include:
First Calls: Unlicensed persons may, at the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, make first calls or removals of dead human bodies. Exception: Instances in which removals are performed by public authorities in emergency situations.
Students: A student may participate in a student practicum/internship in a licensed funeral establishment in Nebraska if the student's school is accredited by and in good standing with the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). The student may assist with funeral directing and embalming services when the student is in a recognized practicum/internship, under the supervision of the school of mortuary science, and under the direct on-site supervision and responsibility of a Nebraska licensed funeral director and embalmer.
DHHS Licensure UnitAttn: FuneralPO Box 94986Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.