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North Carolina Requirements

The following information is in regards to the state of North California.

The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service is the licensing and regulatory agency for all funeral establishments, funeral directors, and embalmers in the State of North Carolina

For more information on Funeral, Cemetery, and Cremation matters contact:

North Carolina Board of Funeral Service
1033 Wade Avenue, Suite 108, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605
Telephone Number: (919) 733-9380 or NC toll free 800-862-0636 Fax Number (919) 733-8271

  • North Carolina law requires funeral service providers to secure and file a certificate that has been authorized by a licensed physician (or medical examiner). This document is then filed with the health department and certified copies of the death certificate are issued by the registrar.
  • There is statistical data required by the state. Prior to filing a death certificate, you will need to provide vital information.
  • A statement of death and a death certificate are legally required. Generally, local ordinances or deed restrictions prohibit private burials within city limits. Check with the State Health Department and local zoning authorities for applicable laws.
  • Embalming is not required by North Carolina law. Most common carriers will require a body to be embalmed prior to shipping. The laws of the destination country or state will apply.
  • Caskets are not required by North Carolina law, however, there may be cemetery or mausoleum restrictions regarding caskets and outer burial containers or vaults. The law does not require a casket for cremation but some type of minimum container such as a cardboard box or canvas pouch is usually required by the crematory.

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