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 12/30/2020:  Funeral directors and morticians will be eligible to receive vaccine in the “Phase 1a – Third Priority” group. It does not specifically list funeral directors and morticians in the Third Priority group on the Minnesota Guidance for Allocation and Prioritization of COVID-19 – Phase 1a (PDF) document, but it has been determined by the governor’s office that they are included.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine team is working on vaccinating people in Phase 1a – First Priority group, and timing of vaccinations for the different priority groups depends on is very much dependent upon how much vaccine is received in the allocations for Minnesota as things progress. Some planning is just starting on a local level for Phase 1a - second and third priority groups, so there are no concrete details yet for those groups. You do not need to get on a waiting list or make an appointment at this time. Updates will be provided when more people can be vaccinated and how eligible people can get vaccinated. Continue to check the website for up-to-date information on vaccination planning: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Health Professionals.


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 2/12/21)

Planning Funeral and Memorial Services during COVID-19 (PDF) (updated 1/15/21)

Preparedness Plan Requirements for Faith-Based Communities, Places of Worship, Weddings, and Funerals (PDF) (updated 1/7/21)

Additional resources:

Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families - CDC

Guidance for Vehicle Gatherings, Parades, and Drive-ins (PDF) (updated 1/7/21)

Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19

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

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 Friday, 12-Feb-2021 16:04:17 CST