Iowa Board of Mortuary Science - Apply, Renew and Reactivate

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Application Guidelines

The documents below explain the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously. Best practice is to apply online

Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to .

To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.

Click here to Access Online Services or to Apply Online

Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received,  typically within 5 business days.

  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

The rules below describe the application process for Mortuary Science.

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee.

Exam Information

Internship Forms

Application Forms

Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time.  Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online.  For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.  For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254. 

Funeral Establishments

When the application for a Funeral Home Establishment is submitted because there is a change in ownership of the Establishment, please submit the License Certificate and the License Card with the expiration date. This licensure application is not to be used when renewing a license. See Renewal, located on the left side menu.


Related Links

International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards
1885 Shelby Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Tel: (479) 442-7076
Fax: (479) 442-7090

Pre-Need, Insurance, Cemetery
Iowa Securities and Regulated Industries Bureau
Iowa Insurance Bureau
Two Ruan Center
601 Locust Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3738
Tel: (515) 281-5705
Fax: (515) 281-3059 then go to "Regulated Entities"

Iowa Funeral Directors Association
1454 30th St., Suite 204
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Tel: (515) 270-0130
Fax: (515) 270-1569

Vital Records
Lucas State Office Bldg.
1st Floor
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Tel: (515) 281-5153
Fax: (515) 281-0479

Additional Links


Iowa HHS Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-0254
Fax: (515) 281-3121

Online Licensure Services:


Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays