Apply online for a funeral director intern license in Iowa. Application fee is $120. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Forms related to application for a funeral director intern license are available on the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science page.

Apply Online

Create an account, apply, and pay online using the online licensing portal.

Documentation may be submitted electronically to the board office as follows:


Fax: 515.281.7969

Educational Requirement

Official academic transcripts sent directly to the board office from the educational institution verifying completion of all of the following:

  1. A program in mortuary science from a school accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education;
  2. A minimum of 60 hours at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of a 2.0 or a “C” grade point average. The 60 semester hours used to fulfill this requirement cannot include technical mortuary science courses; and
  3. A college course of at least one semester hour or equivalent in current Iowa law and rules covering mortuary science content areas including but not limited to Iowa law and rules governing the practice of mortuary science, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries and preneed.

Note: Foreign-trained applicants should contact the board office for educational requirements.

Examination Requirement

Official exam scores evidencing proof of passing both the arts and sciences examination issued by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc. (ICoFSEB)

Note: Applicants licensed prior to 1980 are exempt from showing a passing grade on the national exam.

Preceptor Requirement

Complete the preceptor application that has been notarized and submit it to the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science.

Change of Preceptor Application