Colorado Funeral Directors Association

Colorado Mortuary Science Regulations


Although funeral directors are not licensed by the State of Colorado, it is not accurate to say funeral service in Colorado unregulated. 


All funeral establishments and crematories must be registered with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Division of Professions and Occupations

The Colorado Mortuary Science Code, (Colorado Revised Statutes 12-54-101), covers the practice of funeral service and cremation, definitions, basic practice standards and prohibited acts. This act is enforced through DORA, county attorneys and the office of the Colorado Attorney General, as well as all appropriate state and federal agencies under which certain acts may apply.  


The Disposition of Last Remains Act, C.R.S. 15-19-101, covers the rights to control and protocol to determine the disposition of last remains after death. 


To read specific statutes go to  Click on "Colorado Revised Statutes" and reference the statute numbers listed above. For example C.R.S., 12-54-101, is Title 12, Article 54.


There are several other state and federal regulations for funeral service providers including:

  • filing and maintenance of vital records through the Vital Records Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;
  • regulations for trusts, insurance and preneed funeral contracts through DORA's Division of Insurance;
  • separate section of laws that pertain to cemeteries and burial requirements;
  • laws that pertain to the waste disposal and emissions from funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;
  • the Funeral Rule regulated by the Federal Trade Commission regarding disclosure of products and price lists;
  • federal requirements for employee health and safety through OSHA.



Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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