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The Iowa Board of Mortuary Science evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify. The board establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed funeral directors, funeral and cremation establishments. The board also investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct. Licensees are responsible for meeting all licensure requirements and should review the board rules regularly. 

The board serves as a connection between the consumer and the licensed funeral director, funeral or cremation establishment, and as such promotes the public health, welfare and safety.


Licensees may renew your license 60 days before the current expiration date.  Multiple renewal notifications will be sent if the license has not yet been renewed. Licensees are encouraged to renew early to avoid a late fee or lapse in licensure.

All continuing education requirements must be completed prior to submitting your application for renewal.

Continuing Education

Licensees are responsible for meeting all continuing education requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Review the rules for detailed information about continuing education definitions, requirements, standards, criteria and other important specific to this profession.

Internship Forms

Related Resources

International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards
1885 Shelby Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Phone: 479.442.7076
Fax: 479.442.7090

Pre-Need, Insurance, Cemetery
Iowa Securities and Regulated Industries Bureau
Iowa Insurance Bureau
Two Ruan Center
601 Locust Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3738
Phone: 515.281.5705
Fax: 515.281.3059 then go to "Regulated Entities"

Iowa Funeral Directors Association
1454 30th St., Suite 204
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone: 515.270.0130
Fax: 515.270.1569

Iowa Code

Laws are enacted by the Iowa Legislature and provide statutory authority to the licensing boards.  Current law is found in the Iowa Code.

Chapter 156 - Mortuary Science Law

Iowa Administrative Codes

The licensing boards adopt codes to interpret and implement the authority granted in Iowa Code. Iowa Administrative Code has the same force and effect of law.

Chapter 100 - Practice of Funeral Directors, Funeral Establishments, and Cremation Establishments

Chapter 101 - Licensure of Funeral Directors

Chapter 102 - Continuing Education for Funeral Directors

Chapter 103 - Disciplinary Proceedings

Chapter 104 - Enforcement Proceedings Against Non-Licensees

Iowa Code & Administrative Rules for Licensing Boards

Iowa Practitioner Program

The Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) is available to licensees across multiple licensing boards in Iowa. The Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC) reviews self-reports made by licensees to determine eligibility for participation. 

About Mortuary Science

We evaluate the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify.