In most states, it's legally required to obtain a cremation permit before cremating a deceased person's remains. The requirement is in place to regulate the cremation process, protect public health, and ensure that cremations are carried out appropriately.
Funeral Homes, Funeral Directors and Crematory personnel are knowledgeable about these requirements and can guide Surviving Families through the necessary steps and paperwork to ensure that the cremation is carried out lawfully and respectfully.
Key points about cremation permits include:
Issuing Authority: The issuing authority for cremation permits varies by state. It is often a local or county Registrar's office, a department of health, or a similar governmental agency. Funeral directors or crematories usually assist in obtaining the necessary permits on behalf of the family.
Information Required: To obtain a cremation permit, certain information about the deceased individual is typically required. This may include the person's name, date and place of death, cause of death (as determined by a physician or Medical Examiner), and other identifying information.
Timing: The timing for obtaining a cremation permit can vary but is generally required before the cremation takes place. There may be specific waiting periods or processing times associated with obtaining the permit.
Multiple Copies: Funeral homes, crematories, or individuals responsible for making cremation arrangements may receive multiple copies of the cremation permit. These copies are used for various purposes, including providing one copy to the crematory.
Documentation for Cremation: In addition to the cremation permit, other documents, such as a cremation authorization form or a consent form, may be required to ensure that the wishes of the deceased and their family are honored. These documents outline the details of the cremation process.
Record Keeping: Funeral homes and crematories are typically required to maintain records of cremations and associated permits for a specified period, ensuring transparency and accountability in the process.