How to Apply

  • Licensure requires completing an application, get it signed and notarized, and pay the required fee.  
  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees in order to be considered for licensure.
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by March 31 of even numbered years. Late renewal period is April 1 to April 30 of even numbered years.

Select your application type to view instructions on how to apply: 

Embalmer Licensure

Embalmer Reinstatement

Embalmer Endorsement

Embalmer Renewal

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 20 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 20 day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
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  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board.  
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license. 
    • Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application.

Veterans Preference

Veterans, military service members, transitioning service members and military spouses of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, may be eligible for exam point credits and/or expedited application processes. Download program information>>

  • If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference Points, you must enclose a copy of your DD-214 form, showing that you served during a period of conflict or war for a minimum of 90 days. Contact the VA to request make a DD-214 Request >>




Application for joint Embalmer and Funeral Director by Endorsement






Late Renewal




License verification letter


Duplicate license


Decorative wall certificate


Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Embalmer Licensure

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements including passing your exam, apply for licensure by examination.

Embalmer Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license and it has been expired for more than 2 years, you must re-take the exam and upon passing the exam, submit a reinstatement application and fee.

Embalmer Endorsement

If you have previously held this license in another state and are wishing to apply for licensure in Georgia, apply for licensure by endorsement. You must submit this application by mail.

Embalmer Renewal

If you currently hold this license and need to renew in order to keep your license up to date, apply for licensure renewal before March 31st of the year it expires to avoid late fees.

How to File

To file online:

Once your checklist is completed, please create an account and upload all documents through the online portal

To file by mail:

Once your checklist is completed, please mail all documents to:

Georgia State Board of Funeral Service
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

Please note, endorsement applications must be submitted by paper only.


Contact Georgia State Board of Funeral Service