Funeral directors must be licensed by the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and registered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Office of Vital Records, Burial Desk. Funeral directors, undertakers, hospitals or their representatives file death certificates at either of two registration sites ( Burial Desks ) located in Manhattan and Brooklyn or through the Electronic Death Registration System.
Permits to dispose of human remains by burial, cremation or transport out of the city or its contiguous counties are issued for all deaths that are registered with the Office of Vital Records, and are exclusively given to Funeral directors, undertakers, hospitals or their representatives who are registered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Vital Statistics.
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 125
New York, NY 10013
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Burial Desk/Funeral Director Registration