Mortuary Science - Minnesota Department of Health

Mortuary Science

Licensing and regulation of funeral establishments, crematories, alkaline hydrolysis, morticians, interns and funeral directors. The MDH Mortuary Science Section regulates and enforces Minnesota Statute 149A; Funeral Industry Law.

COVID-19 Updates

Update 3/17/20: If you have not been notified by your employer about vaccination, funeral directors/morticians and their staff are currently eligible to receive a vaccine. You will need to sign up by going to the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. You will be asked to create an account and respond to several questions. Please indicate you are a health care worker, as mortuary science personnel is not specifically listed. Timing of vaccinations is very much dependent upon how much vaccine is received in the allocations for Minnesota. Continue to check the website for up-to-date information on vaccination planning: COVID-19 Vaccine.


Emergency Executive Order 21-07 Modifying Emergency Executive Order 21-01 and Adjusting Limitations on Certain Activities and Businesses (PDF)

Guidance for Hmong Funerals during COVID-19 (PDF) (updated 5/12/21)

COVID-19 Planning for Funeral Services and Ceremonies (PDF) (updated 5/10/21)

Preparedness Plan Requirements for Faith-Based Communities, Places of Worship, Weddings, and Funerals (PDF) (updated 5/6/21)

Additional resources:

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families - CDC

Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19

Subscribe to Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

FEMA will help pay for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to COVID-19. See FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance webpage for who can apply and what expenses are covered. FEMA will accept applications starting Monday, April 12, 2021. Please tell the families you serve about this assistance.

Licensing and waivers:

Health Occupations and Mortuary Science Section Modifications for Continuing Education (PDF)

Mortuary Science Program Extends Funeral Home and Crematory License Renewal

Mortuary Science COVID-19 Temporary Licensing Application (PDF)

Mortuary Science Licensing and Practice Standards Modifications and Waivers (PDF)

Mortuary Science COVID-19 Application for Unlicensed Employees (PDF)

Mortuary Science Storage Standards Waiver – May 8, 2020 (PDF)

Memo: Update on Regulatory Requirements Affected by Governor’s Emergency Executive Order – July 23, 2020 (PDF)

Updated Wednesday, 12-May-2021 11:07:10 CDT