Registered Crematory Operator License
General Info - Statewide License
Maryland license issued to register a crematory operator. A Registered Crematory Operator is an individual that performs human cremations.
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
The applicant must be able to read and write.
The applicant must be of good character and reputation.
The applicant must successfully achieved certification as a crematory operator by the Cremation Association of North America, International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Matthews International or other equivalent certification recognized by the Office and the Board
The applicant must have successfully completed the operator training course of the manufacturer of the cremator located in the crematory with which the applicant is affiliated.
The applicant must be affiliated with a financially stable crematory operated by a registrant or permit holder.
Apply for the License
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
Every 5 years, the applicant must successfully achieved certification as a crematory operator by the Cremation Association of North America or International Cemetery or Cremation and Funeral Association or Matthews International or other equivalent certification recognized by the Office and the Board.
Every 5 years, the applicant must have successfully completed the operator training course of the manufacturer of the cremator located in the crematory with which the applicant is affiliated.
Why the License is required?
The purpose of the Office of Cemetery Oversight (OCO) is to provide high standards of performance in the death care industry, enhance healthy economic competition, promote consumer confidence in burial goods products and services and to provide structure and oversight to pre -planning arrangements. The OCO provides a responsive complaint/resolution process for consumers and operates a fair and effective regulatory enforcement system for cemeteries, monument dealers and sellers of burial goods and crematories that are subject to its regulatory authority. The primary objective for the OCO is to license and monitor sole proprietorships, individuals, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies operating cemeteries as well as businesses providing burial goods and services to consumers, including monuments and memorials, in the State of Maryland. OCO also regulates and provides licensure for crematories, under their jurisdiction, in the state.
What laws and regulations give Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation the legal authority to issue this approval?
The Office of Cemetery Oversight (OCO) was established in Title 5 of the Business Regulation Article of the Maryland Annotated Code by the Maryland Legislature in August 1997. It was placed under the regulatory authority of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.