4717.10 Reciprocity; courtesy cards.

(A) The board of embalmers and funeral directors may recognize licenses issued to embalmers and funeral directors by other states, and upon presentation of such licenses, may issue to the holder an embalmer's or funeral director's license under this chapter. The board shall charge the same fee as prescribed in section 4717.07 of the Revised Code to issue or renew such an embalmer's or funeral director's license. Such licenses shall be renewed biennially as provided in section 4717.08 of the Revised Code. The board shall not issue a license to any person under this section unless the applicant proves that the applicant, in the state in which the applicant is licensed, has complied with requirements substantially equal to those established in section 4717.05 of the Revised Code.

(B) The board of embalmers and funeral directors may issue courtesy cards. A courtesy cardholder shall be authorized to undertake both the following acts in this state:

(1) Prepare and complete those sections of a death certificate and other permits needed for disposition of deceased human remains in this state and sign and file such death certificates and permits;

(2) Supervise and conduct funeral ceremonies and interments in this state.

(C) The board of embalmers and funeral directors may determine under what conditions a courtesy card may be issued to funeral directors in bordering states after taking into account whether and under what conditions and fees such border states issue similar courtesy cards to funeral directors licensed in this state. Applicants for courtesy cards shall apply on forms prescribed by the board, pay a biennial fee set by the board for initial applications and renewals, and adhere to such other requirements imposed by the board on courtesy cardholders.

(D) No courtesy cardholder shall be authorized to undertake any of the following activities in this state:

(1) Arranging funerals or disposition services with members of the public in this state;

(2) Be employed by or under contract to a funeral home licensed in this state to perform funeral services in this state;

(3) Advertise funeral or disposition services in this state;

(4) Enter into or execute funeral or disposition contracts in this state;

(5) Prepare or embalm deceased human remains in this state;

(6) Arrange for or carry out the disinterment of human remains in this state.

(E) As used in this section, "courtesy card" means a special permit that may be issued to a funeral director licensed in a state that borders this state and who does not hold a funeral director's license under this chapter.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.174, HB 481, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

Effective Date: 08-05-1998