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Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

Section 144(b) of the Business and Professions Code authorizes the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (Bureau) to collect fingerprints for background checks of applicants for licensure. Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is information identified through fingerprint submission to the California Department of Justice (DOJ). CORI information includes criminal history information maintained by California local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other state law enforcement agencies. CORI information is confidential and used solely for the purpose of determining whether an applicant has a criminal history that would be grounds for denial of an application, or suspension or revocation of a license pursuant to Sections 475 - 499 of the Business and Professions Code.

All prior convictions, other than minor traffic violations ($500.00 or less), must be disclosed on the application for licensure irrespective of a subsequent order under the provisions of Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code allowing such person to withdraw his or her plea of guilty and enter a plea of not guilty, or setting aside the verdict of guilty or dismissing the accusation, information or indictment. An applicant's failure to disclose prior convictions at the time of application for licensure is grounds for denial pursuant to Sections 475 and 480 of the Business and Professions Code.


Effective November 1, 2002, the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau will require fingerprints for all license categories including: Funeral Establishment Owner(s), Partners, Corporate Officers, and Trust Fund Trustees; Funeral Directors; Embalmers; Apprentice Embalmers; Certificate of Authority Corporate Officers, Trust Fund Trustees, and Manager; Cemetery Brokers; Cemetery Salespersons; Crematory Owner(s), Partners, Corporate Officers, and Manager; and Cremated Remains Disposers. Prior to November 1, 2002, applicants for cemetery and crematory related licenses and registrations were only required to submit fingerprints when prior convictions were disclosed at the time of application. Effective November 1, 2002, a CORI response from the DOJ and the FBI will be required of all new applicants for licensure, registration, or certification.

Are your Fingerprints Already on File?

If you currently hold a license issued by the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, and have previously submitted fingerprints to the Bureau, your fingerprints are already on file and do not need to be resubmitted. Applicants or licensees whose application or license has been cancelled or abandoned must resubmit fingerprints and pay the applicable processing fees.