N.Y. Public Health Law Section 3443
Funeral directing

  • use of names
  • unlicensed persons prohibited


The name of any living person who has not been duly licensed and is not duly registered as specified in this article shall not be (a) shown or displayed upon or in any funeral establishment; or, (b) used alone, in, as part of, or in connection, association, combination, or together with the name or title of any person, firm, corporation or other form of enterprise engaged in funeral directing, undertaking, or embalming or maintaining a mortuary, funeral home or other similar establishment or using in connection with such name and practice, the words funeral director, mortician, undertaker, embalmer, or any other title or words of similar meaning or import on any card, sign, stationery, or other printed, engraved or written instrument or device or in any public or private announcement or advertisement; or, (c) used in any manner as to give or tend to give the impression that such person is licensed or practicing or entitled to practice as a funeral director, undertaker, or embalmer.


A person who holds a license as a funeral director or undertaker and is registered as required herein may hold himself out and advertise as a funeral director, undertaker, or mortician.

Source: Section 3443 — Funeral directing; use of names; unlicensed persons prohibited, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBH/3443 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 13, 2024).

Jul. 13, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 3443’s source at nysenate​.gov

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