APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

http://pr.mo.gov/embalmers-newsletters.asp


EMBALMERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS NOW RENEWING!

Embalmer and funeral director licensees were mailed post card notices on March 1, 2016. Licensees have the option of renewing on line or requesting a paper renewal notice.

Please note that the renewal fee for this year has been reduced for embalmers and funeral directors to $60.

It is recommended that everyone submit their renewals by May 1, 2016 to allow processing time.

Licensees that would like to renew online can go to https://renew.pr.mo.gov. A PIN number (printed on your renewal form) will be required and there will be a convenience fee. If you have misplaced your PIN number, one can be requested in writing from the board office by via email to embalm@pr.mo.gov, via facsimile at (573) 751-1155, or by writing to the board's address.

To request a duplicate paper renewal notice, please click the button at the top of the page or contact the board office at embalm@pr.mo.gov, via facsimile at (573) 751-1155, or by calling the board office at (573) 751-0813. Paper renewals will be emailed, faxed or mailed to the licensee based on the request.

Any licensee whose license has not renewed by May 31, 2016 deadline is not authorized to practice after that date until the license has been renewed by the board. Submission of the renewal form and fee does not constitute renewal or grant the ability to practice after May 31, 2016.


REDUCED RENEWAL FEES AND SELLER PER CONTRACT REPORTING FEE CHANGES

The State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has filed emergency rules, which became effective August 21, 2015 regarding a one-time reduction of the renewal fees for preneed sellers, preneed agents, and funeral establishments.

Preneed seller renewals are being generated to licensees and the renewal applications reflect the reduced fees, which is $60. (Preneed agent renewal fees will be reduced one-time to $15 and Funeral establishment renewal fees will be reduced one-time to $75 for the upcoming renewal. Additional information will be forthcoming as that renewal cycle nears.)

Additionally, the board filed rules to reduce the seller per contract annual reporting fee for contracts executed on or after September 1, 2015 to $25 (currently $36).

For a full text of the rules, please click the links below:

20 CSR 2120-2.100 Fees (for the emergency amendment)

20 CSR 2120.2.100 Fees (for the proposed amendment)

Anyone may file a statement in support or in opposition to the proposed amendment with the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, Sandy Sebastian, Executive Director, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 423, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0423, by facsimile at 573.751.1155 or via email to embalm@pr.mo.gov. The proposed amendment is scheduled to appear in the Missouri Register on September 15, 2015. To be considered, comments must be received within thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the Missouri Register.


ATTENTION APPLICANTS

Effective March 1, 2015 the fee associated with background checks is changing from $11 to $12.
Any applications received after March 1, 2015 will require the new fee in order to be processed.
If you have any questions, please contact the board office at embalm@pr.mo.gov or (573) 751-0813.


Exam Administration Updates Announced

The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (The Conference) has announced some exam administration updates that will become effective January 2016. The information relating to the updates can be found in The Conference's press release dated June 1, 2015.

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Notice - FTC

The Federal Trade Commission and the board have agreed to settle FTC allegations regarding restrictions and prohibitions on the sale of funeral merchandise or caskets.

Click HERE for more information.