Authorization:
Chapter 36-19 of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Activities:
Examination, Licensing, and inspection of establishments of and persons providing funeral services.
Organization:
Attached to the Department of Health
Composition:
Eight Members, Seven members appointed by the Governor: 1. Five professional members licensed to practice funeral services with at least five year's experience, chosen from districts. 2. Two lay members who are users. The Secretary of Health or his designee is also a member. Oath required.
Term of Appointment:
Terms shall expire on October 30 on the third year of appointment. Terms that end June 30, 2012, are extended to October 30, 2012. No more than 3 consecutive terms.

Contact Info:
Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary 810 N. Main St., Suite 298 Spearfish, SD 57783 605-642-1600 proflic@rushmore.com

Mission Statement:
The mission of the South Dakota Board of Funeral Service is to receive consumer inquiries and complaints; to license funeral practitioners and establishments in the State of South Dakota which ensure the consumer that he is dealing with qualified practitioners and establishments; to register all trainees in funeral service and administer an apprenticeship program for the trainees; to improve inspection procedures of funeral homes and crematories; to enforce the updated statutes and rules and regulations governing the practice of funeral service in South Dakota, including complaint processing from the consumer and licensees; and, to make investigations and hold hearings as needed.