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February 18, 2015:
Ruth Ann Arty will be giving a class on the Mortuary Transport Laws and the Human Dignity Act at 1:30PM for 2 CEU’s. The class will be given at 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Please call the Board office at 410-764-4792 if you plan to attend.


Family Security Trust Fund Advisory Committee is being rescheduled to February 17, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. The meeting will take place at the Board office 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.


It is with great sadness that the Board and staff announce the death of one of our beloved Board members, Ms. Renee Derketsch. Renee passed away on February 4th and she will be greatly missed by her family and the Board. She would have completed her eighth year of service in June as a consumer member of the Board and she often said that she felt her work on the Board was the most important of her lifetime. The funeral service will be held February 6, 2015 at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow immediately after the service at The Oheb Shalom Memorial Park in Reisterstown. Rest in Peace Renee. You did it your way.


Open Session Locations:
In an attempt to include licensees and any interested public from around the State, the Board will hold its February and March 2015 open session meetings in outlying areas.

February 11, 2015:  Fellowship Hall on the premises of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Maryland

March 11, 2015:    Newman Funeral Homes P.A., 179 Miller Street, Grantsville, Maryland

Thank you to these two funeral establishments for hosting our open session meetings for the next two months.


Family Security Trust Fund Advisory Committee will meet on February 3, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. The meeting will take place at the Board office 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.


As discussed in open Board, the regulation that requires a drain in a preparation/embalming room will be enforced as of May 1, 2015.


Use of Body Bags:
The Board announced at their January 14th open session meeting that mortuary transport services, under the law, are required to use body bags when making removals. This includes removals made by mortuary transport companies for funeral establishments. Although the Board believes it is best practice for funeral establishments to utilize body bags when making their own removals, it is not required by law.


January 6, 2015 – Prince Georges County - The inspections will be done in the Park and Ride parking lot at the Equestrian Center in Prince Georges County at the intersection of MD Rt. 4 and Water Street.

January 7, 2015 – Baltimore – The inspections will be done in the parking lot for the Baltimore subway on Vertis Park Drive. The street runs off of Patterson Avenue east of Wabash.

January 16, 2015 – Salisbury – The inspections will be done in the parking lot for the Maryland State Highway Administration at 660 West Road, Salisbury.

January 20, 2015 – Cumberland – The inspections will be done in the parking lot for the Allegheny County Health Department, 12501 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, Maryland.

To be inspected on these dates you must send an email to with the name of your company and how many vehicles that will be inspected that day. You will receive an email back advising you of the hour time slot in which to arrive. If you have not sent an email in advance, you will be required to wait until all scheduled inspections are complete.


There will be a protocol for funeral establishments who volunteer to serve families of deceased Ebola patients. All transport of human remains will be handled by the Anatomy Board. After seventy-two hours, any remains could be picked up by the funeral establishment for immediate final disposition. Please email Ruth Ann Arty at, if your funeral establishment is volunteering to serve any possible decedents’ families.


1. Renewal Application for Establishments
2. Renewal Application for Corporations
3. Renewal Application for Funeral Directors
4. Renewal Application for Surviving Spouse
5. Renewal Application for Courtesy Card Holders


The enforcement of the mortuary transport regulations is being extended until after November 15, 2014 to allow extra time for training and compliance.


1. Receipt of Human Remains at Crematory, Release of Cremated Human Remains from Crematory and Verification Of Human Remains to be Cremated and 2. Log for Mortuary Transport Vehicles. (Please keep in the glove compartment of the removal vehicle and update for each removal)


The CJIS authorization number for the Board is 1400003636.


Mortician and Funeral Directors - Pre-Need Contracts Effective July 1, 2014.


Instructions for "Guaranteed, Non-Guaranteed, and Guaranteed in Part Contracts.

Sample of Guarantee in Part Contract.


Crematory Regulations 10.29.16 - 10.29.20 Effective Date 4/14/2014.


Crematory owners do not need to be certified unless they plan to operate the cremators.


Transportation Regulations 10.29.21 Effective 2/17/2014


During the March 12, 2014 Open Session, the Board discussed the placement of the ID Tag which is required to be placed on the long bone, as it affects religious practice. Religious groups, that shroud the body after death, have raised concerns that present practice would cause a disturbance to the body if identification became necessary. The Board decided that the required ID Tag must still be placed on the long bone per Health Occupations §7-411. For Jewish bodies an additional tag should be placed on the wrist, for ID to be possible and still honor cultural concerns regarding not disturbing the wrap. For Muslim bodies, an alternative method is suggested. An additional ID tag should be placed around both ankles, over the wrap. Thank you all for respecting cultural concern and following the law.



The State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors was established as the State Board of Undertakers of Maryland in 1902 (Chapter 160, Acts of 1902). Renamed the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 1937, then the Board of Morticians in 1981. The Board received its present name in 2007 (Chapter 186 Acts of 2007).

The purpose of the State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors is to carry out the duties mandated under Title 7 of the Health Occupations Article. The primary purpose is the protection of the public's health and welfare through proper credentialing, examination, licensure, and discipline of morticians, funeral directors, surviving spouses, apprentices and funeral establishments in Maryland. The Board also inspects and licenses funeral establishments upon proof of compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws. The Board issues 7 categories of licenses: Mortician, Funeral Directors, Surviving Spouse, Apprentices, Funeral Establishments, Funeral Service Corporate Licenses and Courtesy Card licenses.

The Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors interacts cooperatively with other agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection, DHMH Office of the Secretary, Office of Cemetery Oversight of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, DHMH Office of the Medical Examiner, and the State Anatomy Board where the Mortician's law and practical examinations are given.

The Board became Special Funded in October of 1993. The revenue collected from licensing fees covers the operating costs of the Board.



Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors Address

Ruth Ann Arty, Executive Director- RuthAnn.Arty@Maryland.Gov

PHONE: 410-764-4792


Office of Governor


Upcoming Events

  • February 11 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am
  • March 11 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am
  • April 8 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am
  • April 14 - Jurisprudence Exam @ 10 am
  • April 14 - Practical Exam @ 1pm
  • May 13 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am
  • June 10 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am
  • July 8 - Board Meeting @ 11:30 am