Chapter 36-19 of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Examination, Licensing, and inspection of establishments of and persons providing funeral services.
Attached to the Department of Health
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. No member may serve more than three consecutive full terms.
Frequency of Meetings:
4 meetings per year (1 in person/3 teleconference)
Are Members Allowed to Call into Meetings:
Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary
810 N. Main St., Suite 298
Spearfish, SD 57783
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.