Funeral Establishments

Branch Establishment is a place of business situated at a specific street address or location which is a subsidiary of a licensed funeral establishment, which contains a casket display room, a viewing area, or an area for conducting funeral services, or all of them, and where any portion of the funeral service or arrangements for the disposition of a dead human body is conducted.

Funeral Establishment is a place of business situated at a specific street address or location devoted to the care and preparation of dead human bodies for burial, disposition, or cremation or to conducting or arranging funeral services for dead human bodies.

For Funeral Directing and Embalming information, click here.

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Requirements for Licensure and Fee Schedule

Any person who operates a funeral establishment or branch establishment must obtain an establishment license prior to opening. All materials must be submitted to:

Licensure Unit
Funeral Establishments
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986.

Initial Funeral Establishment

License Requirements: To qualify for a license you, must:

  1. Submit the application to the Licensure Unit
  2. Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the funeral establishment, (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a funeral establishment); and
  3. Pass an on-site inspection.

Initial Branch Establishment

License Requirements: To qualify for a license you, must:

  1. Submit the application to the Licensure Unit
  2. Be a subsidiary of a licensed funeral establishment;
  3. Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the branch establishment, (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a branch establishment); and
  4. Pass an on-site inspection.

Upon receipt of a completed initial funeral or branch establishment application, an inspector will contact you within 30 days. The inspector will then schedule an inspection date. An establishment can not operate until it receives a satisfactory rating on the inspection and the license is issued.

Change in location of a Funeral or Branch Establishment

Change Location Requirements: To change the location, you must:

  1. Submit the application to the Licensure Unit
  2. Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the establishment, (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a establishment); and
  3. Make application at least 30 days prior to the designated date of such change in location.

Change in Manager of a Funeral or Branch Establishment

Change Manager Requirements: To change the manager you must:

  1. Submit the application to the Licensure Unit
  2. Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the establishment, (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a establishment); and
  3. Make application at least 15 days prior to the designated date of such change, except that in the case of death of a manager, the application shall be made immediately following such death.

Change in Name of a Funeral or Branch Establishment

Change Name Requirements: To change the name you must:

  1. Submit the application to the Licensure Unit
  2. Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the establishment, (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a establishment).

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These forms may be completed online; however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form online, you must print the form and mail it to the address below.

Fees (if applicable) are payable to the "Licensure Unit."

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

pdf icon Establishment Application 
pdf icon Amended Establishment Application

  • Manager Change
  • Name Change
  • Location Change

pdf icon Duplicates/Reissue 
pdf icon Listing/Labels Request form and the pdf iconPrice Listing Information

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Renewal and Fee Schedule

Expiration Date: All establishment licenses expire 2/1 of each even-numbered year.

Renewal Process: Notice of renewal is sent to each licensee approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date. It is important that your address is current with our office in order to assure delivery of the renewal notice.

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Inspection Criteria

Click here to see information relating to inspections.

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Grounds for Denial of a License and Disciplining a License

A complete listing of grounds for denial or discipline can be found in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-178 of the pdf iconUniform Credentialing Act.

In addition to the acts or offenses specified in Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 38-178 and 38-179, the department shall deny an application for a license as a funeral establishment or branch establishment, revoke or suspend a license, or refuse renewal of such a license on any of the following grounds:

  1. Conviction of any crime involving moral turpitude;
  2. Obtaining a license as a funeral establishment or a branch establishment by false representation or fraud;
  3. Operating a funeral establishment or branch establishment without a manager responsible for the operations of the establishment;
  4. A conviction of a violation of any of the provisions of Neb. Rev. Stat. §§  38-178, 38-179, 38-1402 to 38-1418;
  5. Unprofessional conduct, which is hereby defined to include (i) misrepresentation or fraud in the conduct of a funeral establishment or branch establishment or (ii) aiding or abetting an unlicensed person to practice funeral directing and embalming; or
  6. Violation of the rules and regulations governing the practice of funeral directing and embalming.

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Rules and Regulations/Statutes

pdf icon Regulations Relating To Funeral Directing and Embalming - 172 NAC 67
pdf icon Regulations Relating to Branch Establishments and Funeral Establishments - 172 NAC 68
pdf icon Statutes relating to Cemeteries
pdf icon Statutes relating to Human Skeletal Remains or Burial Goods; Prohibited Acts; Penalty
pdf icon Statutes relating to Pre-Need Burial Sale Act
pdf icon Statutes relating to State Anatomical Board, Disposal of Dead Bodies, and Anatomical Gifts
pdf icon Statutes Pertaining To a Funeral Directing and Embalming and Crematories
pdf icon Statutes relating to Vital Statistics Statutory Provisions

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Practice Issues

To view practice issues relating to the following topics, click pdf iconhere.

  • Control of Remains
  • Price List
  • Auxiliary Personnel
  • Transporting Bodies
  • Bodies Dead of Communicable Diseases
  • Final Disposal of Dead Human Bodies

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Licensee Assistance Program

The Licensee Assistance Program (LAP) is an assessment, education, referral, case management, and monitoring service designed to help licensees, certificate holders, and registrants of the State of Nebraska work through substance abuse/addiction problems.

The LAP services are free; however in some cases treatment from a community resource agency may be needed. If further assistance is needed, the LAP Coordinator will help refer the Licensee to the most appropriate agency. When a treatment referral is made, those expenses become the responsibility of the Licensee.

LAP telephone number: (800) 851-2336 or (402) 354-8055, Web address: www.lapne.org

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Board Information

The Board of Funeral Directing and Embalming advises the Department of Health and Human Services Licensure Unit on all issues related to the regulation of funeral directing and embalming. Board member composition and length of terms follows:

Membership: 3 members holding a funeral director and embalmer license
1 Public Member
Length of Term:; 5 years, no more than 2 consecutive full 5-year terms
Professional Requirements: Been actively engaged in practice of his/her profession in the State of Nebraska, under a license issued in this state, for a period of 5 years just preceding his/her appointment
Public Member:
  1. Be a resident of this state who has attained the age of majority.
  2. Represent the interests and viewpoints of consumers.
  3. Not be a present or former member of a credentialed profession, an employee of a member of a credentialed profession, or an immediate family or household member of any person presently regulated by such board.

The Board of Funeral Directing and Embalming meets 2 to 4 times per year - see Board meeting Schedule for meeting dates and times. Meetings are open to the public, with the exception of investigational matters. Minutes of meetings are available by contacting Rita Watson (402) 471-4918 or by e-mail at rita.watson@nebraska.gov.

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Contact Us

Office Address:

Mailing Address Physical Address
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th and M Streets
3rd Floor
Lincoln, Nebraska

Phone: (402) 471-2117
Fax: (402) 471-3577

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (central time)
Monday through Friday

Nebraska Licensure Information

Rita Watson
Phone: (402) 471-4918
Fax: (402) 471-3577
E-Mail: rita.watson@nebraska.gov

Kris Chiles, Program Manager
Phone: (402) 471-2117
Fax: (402) 471-3577
e-mail: kris.chiles@nebraska.gov

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Other Related Contacts

Department of Insurance / Pre-need Insurance
The Terminal Building
941 O Street, Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2201
www.doi.ne.gov/

Licensee Assistance Program
Center Point Professional Plz
9239 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124
Phone: (402) 354-8055
Toll Free: (800) 851-2336
www.lapne.org

Nebraska Funeral Directing Association
521 First Street, PO Box 10
Milford NE 68405
www.nefda.org 
Phone: (402) 761-2217
Fax: (402) 761-2224
E-mail: staff@nefda.org

State Anatomical Board
42 nd and Dewey
Omaha, NE
Phone: (402) 559-6249

Vital Records
Lincoln’s Gold’s Galleria, 1st floor 
1033 "O"  Street,  Suite 130 (11th & N Streets)
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2871
www.dhhs.ne.gov/vital_records.htm

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Duplicates/Reissue

 

Duplicates: A duplicate large license or small license card may be requested at the time of initial licensure. A $10.00 fee per document is required.

Reissue: A large license and/or small license card may be reissued when the licensee requests: additional documents; replacement of original document(s) due to loss, mutilation or destruction; or replacement of document(s) due to a name change.

To request a reissued license, you must submit a pdf iconrequest for reissuance and include a fee in the amount of $10.00 per document. Submit said request to:

Licensure Unit
Funeral Establishments
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986

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To request either a certification or verification or your license, contact Rita Watson at (402) 471-2117.

Certification

  1. Fee - $25.00
  2. Certification includes:

    1. Name
    2. Profession
    3. License number
    4. Issuance date
    5. Expiration date
    6. Whether the license was granted by examination, waiver, or reciprocity
    7. When requested, the grades acquired by the subject for issuance of a license
    8. Whether disciplinary action has been taken against the license. If so, the type(s) and date(s) of the action will be included.
    9. SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Verification

  1. Fee - $5.00
  2. Verification includes:
    1. Name
    2. Profession
    3. License Number
    4. Expiration Date
    5. Department Staff Signature

A verification does not include the SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services nor information relating to discipline, school, or examination.

This information can also be obtained by checking the website at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/lis/lisindex.htm

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You may purchase listings/labels and diskettes of health related occupations and professions by the following methods:

  1. Print the listing/labels pdf iconrequest form and the pdf iconprice listing information, mail completed form with fee to the address listed at the top of the form; or
  2. Contact Carla Hartl at carla.hartl@nebraska.gov or by telephone at (402) 471-2115.

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Complaints

 

How do I file a complaint? To file a complaint, see the Investigations Division web site: www.dhhs.ne.gov/reg/investi.htm

To file a complaint, see the Investigations Division web site:

How is a complaint reviewed, and what is the disciplinary process? The following provides information relating to the complaint, investigative, and disciplinary process.

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