The State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey will issue a license to an out-of-state practitioner provided that specific education and experience requirements have been met.
An application documenting and certifying the practitioner’s education and experience, along with the required fees, must be submitted to the Board in order to be considered for licensure.
Reciprocal licensure, or licensure by credentials, is a means by which a funeral director from one state with similar education and experience 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 find it beneficial to hold licenses in both states.
In New Jersey, the out-of-state practitioner must have held a valid license or certification to practice mortuary science for at least two years immediately prior to applying for a New Jersey license. If they have not met the experience requirement, they must verify active engagement in the practice of mortuary science for at least five years prior to the application submission. Qualified applicants are also required to complete the Mortuary Jurisprudence examination issued by the Board.
For additional information on the requirements, contact the State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey.
Limited Practice with an Out-of-State License
Funeral directors from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York cross state borders to make removals or accompany bodies to cemeteries and crematories. It is important to always check with the appropriate state licensing authority before engaging in funeral service activities in any state other than the one in which you are licensed.
New Jersey has a reciprocal agreement with New York that allows a New Jersey licensed funeral director to take a body to a New York cemetery for final disposition without the assistance of a New York licensed funeral director. Similarly, the agreement allows a New York licensee to take a body to a New Jersey cemetery for final disposition without the assistance of a New Jersey licensed funeral director.
New Jersey also has a reciprocal agreement with Pennsylvania, but it works differently than the agreement with New York. Under this agreement, a Pennsylvania licensed funeral director may bring a body into New Jersey for final disposition without being accompanied by a New Jersey licensee. However, a New Jersey licensed funeral director must have a Pennsylvania Limited License to enter that state to take bodies to a cemetery. Without a PA Limited License, they must request that a Pennsylvania licensee meet them at the place of final disposition.
For all other states, New Jersey funeral directors should contact the state licensing authority to understand that state’s requirements and limitations for out-of-state licensees.