AN ACT TO DEFINE THE ENTRY-LEVEL EXAMINATION NECESSARY FOR A FUNERAL DIRECTOR, TO MODIFY THE RECIPROCITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSEES FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS, TO ALLOW FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY FOR RECEIPT OF PERMITTING FEES BY THE BOARD, AND TO REQUIRE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND REGISTERS OF DEEDS TO ACCEPT PAPER DEATH CERTIFICATES.
House committee substitute replaces the content of the 2nd edition with the following.
Adds and defines entry-level examination in funeral directing to the terms set out in GS 90-210.20, applicable to the regulation of the practice of funeral service under Article 13A. Defines the term to mean an exam either offered as a component of a final or capstone course in a mortuary science program approved by the Board of Funeral Service (Board), or accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education or an exam equivalent to the State Board Examination-Arts in Funeral Directing to assess competency in five listed subjects.
Expands the avenues for funeral director licensure under GS 90-210.25 to allow reciprocity for directors licensed in other jurisdictions so long as the applicant has an active, valid license in good standing issued for at least 10 years, has passed the exam administered on behalf of the Board, and has submitted proof of good moral character. Provides this avenue does not preclude an individual from obtaining a license by meeting the statute's other criteria for licensure.
Makes the above provisions effective October 1, 2022.
Amends GS 90-210.67 to require the Board to extend by 30 days the date by which a sold preneed funeral contract must be filed and a fee submitted, in the event the county in which the person resides is under a state of emergency at the time of sale.
Directs local health departments and registers of deeds to accept paper death certificates until December 31, 2022, as the Department of Health and Human Services works to implement the NC Database Application for Vital Events system.
Changes the act's titles.