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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 41/) Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Code.

225 ILCS 41/Art. 10

 
    (225 ILCS 41/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND EMBALMERS

225 ILCS 41/10-5

    (225 ILCS 41/10-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-5. License requirement. It is unlawful for any person to practice or attempt to practice funeral directing and embalming without being licensed by the Department.
    No person shall practice funeral directing and embalming unless he or she is employed by or contracted with a fixed place of practice or establishment devoted to the care and preparation for burial or for the transportation of deceased human bodies.
    No person shall practice funeral directing and embalming independently at the fixed place of practice or establishment of another licensee unless his or her name shall be published and displayed at all times in connection therewith.
    No licensed intern shall independently practice funeral directing and embalming; however, a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern may under the immediate personal supervision of a licensed funeral director and embalmer assist a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the practice of funeral directing and embalming.
    No person shall practice as a funeral director and embalmer intern unless he or she possesses a valid license in good standing to do so in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

225 ILCS 41/10-7

    (225 ILCS 41/10-7)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-7. Address of record. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address within 14 days after the change of address, either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department's licensure maintenance unit.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11.)

225 ILCS 41/10-10

    (225 ILCS 41/10-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-10. License qualifications. A person who meets all of the following requirements is qualified to receive a license as a funeral director and embalmer:
    (a) Is at least 18 years of age.
    (b) Has successfully completed one academic year in a college or university and has successfully completed a course of instruction of at least one year duration in a professional school or college teaching the practice of funeral directing and embalming that is recognized and approved by the Department.
    (c) Has studied funeral directing and embalming in this State under a funeral director and embalmer, licensed under this Code or any prior Act, for at least one year. Nevertheless, no credit shall be given for the study of funeral directing and embalming in this State as an intern unless the applicant during the period of study was a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern.
    (d) Is satisfactorily versed in approved measures used by the practice for the prevention and against the spread of disease and has the skills reasonably involved, and is adequately and properly protected against communicable diseases by means usually adopted and approved by medical science.
    (e) Has passed an examination developed or acquired by the Department and conducted by the Department or its designee to determine the fitness of an applicant to receive a license as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
(Source: P.A. 93-268, eff. 1-1-04.)

225 ILCS 41/10-15

    (225 ILCS 41/10-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-15. Intern license qualifications. A person who meets all of the following requirements is qualified to receive a license as a licensed funeral director and embalmer intern:
    (a) Is at least 18 years of age.
    (b) Has successfully completed one academic year in a college or university and has successfully completed a course of instruction of at least one year duration in a professional school or college teaching the practice of funeral directing and embalming that is recognized and approved by the Department.
    (c) Has been accepted for internship in funeral directing and embalming by an Illinois licensed funeral director and embalmer.
    (d) Is satisfactorily versed in approved measures used by the profession for the prevention and against the spread of disease and has the skills reasonably involved, and is adequately protected against communicable diseases by means usually adopted by medical science.
(Source: P.A. 93-268, eff. 1-1-04.)

225 ILCS 41/10-20

    (225 ILCS 41/10-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-20. Application. Every person who desires to obtain a license under this Code shall apply to the Department in writing on forms prepared and furnished by the Department. The application shall contain proof of the particular qualifications required of the applicant, shall be certified by the applicant, and shall be accompanied by the required fee. Applicants have 3 years after the date of application to complete the application process. If the process has not been completed in 3 years, then the application shall be denied, the fee shall be forfeited, and the applicant must reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-22

    (225 ILCS 41/10-22)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-22. Social Security Number on license application. In addition to any other information required to be contained in the application, every application for an original license under this Code shall include the applicant's Social Security Number, which shall be retained in the agency's records pertaining to the license. As soon as practical, the Department shall assign a customer's identification number to each applicant for a license.
    Every application for a renewal, reinstated, or restored license shall require the applicant's customer identification number.
(Source: P.A. 97-400, eff. 1-1-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-25

    (225 ILCS 41/10-25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-25. Examinations. The Department shall authorize and hold examinations of applicants for licenses as licensed funeral directors and embalmers. The examination may include both practical demonstrations and written and oral tests and shall embrace the subjects of anatomy, sanitary science, health regulations in relation to the handling of deceased human bodies, measures used by funeral directors and embalmers for the prevention of the spread of diseases, the care, preservation, embalming, transportation, and burial of dead human bodies, and other subjects relating to the care and handling of deceased human bodies as set forth in this Article and as the Department by rule may prescribe.
    Whenever the Secretary is not satisfied that substantial justice has been done in an examination, the Secretary may order a reexamination.
    If an applicant neglects, fails without an approved excuse or refuses to take the next available examination offered for licensure under this Code, the fee paid by the applicant shall be forfeited to the Department and the application denied. If an applicant fails to pass an examination for licensure under this Code within 3 years after filing an application, the application shall be denied. However, the applicant may thereafter make a new application for examination which shall be accompanied by the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11.)

225 ILCS 41/10-30

    (225 ILCS 41/10-30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-30. Issuance, display of license. Whenever an applicant has met the requirements of this Code, the Department shall issue to the applicant a license as a licensed funeral director and embalmer or licensed funeral director and embalmer intern, as the case may be.
    Every holder of a license shall display it in a conspicuous place in the licensee's place of practice or in the place of practice in which the licensee is employed or contracted. If the licensee is engaged in funeral directing and embalming at more than one place of practice, then the license shall be displayed in the licensee's principal place of practice or the principal place of practice of the licensee's employer and a copy of the license shall be displayed in a conspicuous place at all other places of practice.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-35

    (225 ILCS 41/10-35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-35. Renewal; reinstatement; restoration. The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Article shall be set by rule. The holder of a license as a licensed funeral director and embalmer or funeral director and embalmer intern may renew the license during the month preceding the expiration date of the license by paying the required fee. A licensed funeral director and embalmer or licensed funeral director and embalmer trainee whose license has expired may have the license reinstated within 5 years from the date of expiration upon payment of the required reinstatement fee and fulfilling the requirements of the Department's rules. The reinstatement of the license is effective as of the date of the reissuance of the license.
    Any licensed funeral director and embalmer whose license has been expired for more than 5 years may have the license restored only by fulfilling the requirements set forth in the Department's rules and by paying the required restoration fee. However, any licensed funeral director and embalmer or licensed funeral director and embalmer intern whose license has expired while he or she has been engaged (1) in federal service on active duty with the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, or the State Militia called into the service or training of the United States of America or (2) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into the military service, may have his or her license restored without paying any lapsed renewal fees or restoration fee or without passing any examination if, within 2 years after termination of the service, training or education other than by dishonorable discharge, he or she furnishes the Department with an affidavit to the effect that he or she has been so engaged and that his or her service, training or education has been so terminated.
    No license of a funeral director and embalmer intern shall be renewed more than twice.
    In addition to any other requirement for renewal of a license or reinstatement or restoration of an expired license, as a condition for the renewal, reinstatement, or restoration of a license as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, each licensee shall provide evidence to the Department of completion of at least 24 hours of continuing education during the 24 months preceding the expiration date of the license, or in the case of reinstatement or restoration, within the 24 months preceding the application for reinstatement or restoration. The continuing education sponsors shall be approved by the Board. In addition, any qualified continuing education course for funeral directors and embalmers offered by a college, university, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago, Cook County Association of Funeral Home Owners, Inc., Illinois Selected Morticians Associations, Inc., Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Home Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc., International Order of the Golden Rule, or an Illinois school of mortuary science shall be accepted toward satisfaction of the continuing education requirements.
    The Department shall establish by rule a means for verification of completion of the continuing education required by this Section. This verification may be accomplished through audits of records maintained by licensees, by requiring the filing of continued education certificates with the Department or a qualified organization selected by the Department to maintain the records, or by other means established by the Department.
    Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, a person who is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer under this Code and who has engaged in the practice of funeral directing and embalming for at least 40 years shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements of this Section. Licensees who have not engaged in the practice of funeral directing and embalming for at least 40 years by January 1, 2016 shall not receive this exemption after that date. In addition, the Department shall establish by rule an exemption or exception, for a limited period of time, for funeral directors and embalmers who, by reason of advanced age, health or other extreme condition, should reasonably be excused from the continuing education requirement upon the approval of the Secretary. Those persons, identified above, who cannot attend on-site classes, shall have the opportunity to comply by completing home study courses designed for them by sponsors.
(Source: P.A. 96-1463, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-38

    (225 ILCS 41/10-38)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-38. Inactive status.
    (a) Any funeral director and embalmer who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department may elect to place his or her license on an inactive status and shall, subject to rules of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees and completion of continuing education requirements until he or she notifies the Department in writing of an intent to restore or reinstate the license to active status.
    (b) While on inactive status, the licensee shall only be required to pay a single fee, established by the Department, to have the license placed on inactive status. Any licensee who has permitted his or her license to expire or who has had his or her license on inactive status may have the license restored by making application to the Department, by filing proof acceptable to the Department of his or her fitness to have the license restored, and by paying the required fees. Proof of fitness may include sworn evidence certifying to active lawful practice in another jurisdiction. If the licensee has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, then the Department shall determine by an evaluation program, established by rule, his or her fitness for restoration of the license and shall establish procedures and requirements for restoration.
    (c) Any licensee whose license is on inactive status or in a non-renewed status shall not engage in the practice of funeral directing and embalming in the State or use the title or advertise that he or she performs the services of a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Any person violating this Section shall be considered to be practicing without a license and shall be subject to the disciplinary provisions of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-40

    (225 ILCS 41/10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-387, eff. 8-20-95. Repealed by P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-43

    (225 ILCS 41/10-43)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-43. Endorsement. The Department may issue a funeral director and embalmer license, without the required examination, to an applicant licensed by another state, territory, possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, if (i) the licensing requirements of that licensing authority are, on the date of licensure, substantially equal to the requirements set forth under this Code and (ii) the applicant provides the Department with evidence of good standing from the licensing authority of that jurisdiction. An applicant under this Section shall pay all of the required fees.
(Source: P.A. 97-1130, eff. 8-28-12.)

225 ILCS 41/10-45

    (225 ILCS 41/10-45)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 10-45. Unclaimed cremated remains. A licensee is authorized at his or her discretion to effect a final disposition of the cremated remains of any cremated human body, provided no person lawfully entitled to the custody of the cremated remains makes or has made a proper request for them within one year after the date of death of the person whose body was cremated.
(Source: P.A. 87-966.)