Although the State of Colorado does NOT license funeral directors or embalmers, these individuals must be employed by a registered funeral establishment or registered crematory to be eligible to practice in Colorado.
There is no licensing agency for funeral directors or embalmers who wish to transfer a license from another state.
Colorado's Legislative Assembly abolished the previous licensing system in 1982, primarily because of a lack of complaints by consumers and a cumbersome regulatory system. Since that time, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has worked diligently to preserve the integrity of funeral service by promoting standards of practice and setting high ethical standards for funeral service practitioners in the State of Colorado.
In 1982, the association created the Colorado Funeral Service Board (CFSB), initially called the "Mortuary Science Commission", to promote professionalism under a voluntary system of certification, registration and the development and maintenance of standards. Although CFSB's standards are comparable to other states' licensing requirements, CFSB's certification is not administered by a state regulatory agency.
Participation in the CFSB's professional certification program is strictly voluntary. Individuals who apply for CFSB certification should be commended for their commitment to uphold the integrity and respect of the funeral service profession through formal education, supervised training and internship, ongoing professional development, community involvement and subscribing to a code of ethics.
For many years, CFDA has actively promoted legislation that would restore licensing for funeral professionals in Colorado. The state legislature has repeatedly voted down these measures because there are relatively few complaints by Colorado consumers about funeral service providers in the state.
In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 09-1202 that restored regulation for funeral establishments and crematories. This act created a new licensing system for funeral homes and crematories in Colorado, administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Colorado's consumer protection agency. This legislation also: