Licensure for Out-of-State Practitioners

Individuals with valid licenses or certifications issued by another state, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia may be issued a New Jersey license at the state board’s discretion.

Reciprocal licensure, or licensure by credentials, is a means by which a funeral director from one state with similar education and training requirements can become licensed in another state without fulfilling all the terms of licensure, such as completing an internship or sitting for the national exam. Some funeral directors who work close to a border of another state(s) find it beneficial to hold licenses in both states.

To be considered, out-of-state licensees must hold a valid license for at least two years immediately prior to application. Applicants will be required to complete the law portion of the New Jersey licensure exam, and submit an application and fee. Individuals must also meet the educational and experience requirements, or their equivalents thereof, for New Jersey licensure, and have been engaged in the practice of mortuary science for no less than five years.

For additional information on the requirements, contact the State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey.

Practicing in Other States (Limited Reciprocity)

You should always check with the appropriate licensing authority before attempting to practice in any state other than the one in which you are licensed.

Simply because you are licensed to practice mortuary science in New Jersey does not mean you can automatically practice in any other state. Often, funeral directors head off to neighboring states without a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do when they get there.

There are agreements between New Jersey and New York as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania that allow limited reciprocity, or the ability of a licensee in one state to perform limited funeral service functions in the other, and vice versa. This is called limited reciprocity, usually limiting the funeral director to the removal of bodies to and from place of final disposition only.

For more information, contact the State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey.