In most states, a burial permit is legally required to bury a deceased person. The purpose is to regulate and oversee the Disposition of Human Remains to protect public health and ensure that burials are conducted properly.
Key points about burial permits include:
Issuing Authority: The issuing authority of burial permits varies by location. It is typically a local or county Registrar's office, a department of health, or a similar governmental agency. Funeral directors often assist in obtaining the necessary permits on behalf of the family.
Information Required: To obtain a burial permit, certain information about the deceased person is typically required. This may include the person's name, date and place of death, cause of death (as determined by a physician), and information about the burial location.
Timing: The timing for obtaining a burial permit can vary but is usually required before burial. In some cases, the permit may be issued immediately after death, while in others, there may be a brief waiting period.
Multiple Copies: Funeral homes or individuals responsible for making burial arrangements may receive multiple copies of the burial permit. These copies are used for various purposes, including providing a copy to the cemetery or burial site authorities.
Cemetery Requirements: Cemeteries often have their own specific requirements and documentation processes, which may include presenting the burial permit. Surviving Families should coordinate with both the funeral home and the chosen cemetery to ensure compliance.
Cremation: For individuals choosing cremation, a similar permit known as a Cremation Permit or cremation authorization is typically required. This permits the cremation of the body, and it often includes specific information about the deceased's identity and the authorization for cremation.