Background Report Instructions

Board of Funeral Services: Background Report Instructions

Background Check for Initial License Application

Pursuant to the New Mexico Funeral Services Act [§ 61-32-6, NMSA 1978], the following applicants for initial licensure must submit to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) state criminal history background check:

  • Funeral Service Interns
  • Funeral Arrangers
  • Funeral Embalmers
  • Funeral Service Practitioners
  • Direct Disposers


Mailing Address:

New Mexico Department of Public Safety


P.O Box 1628

Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628



The Authorization for Release of Information form must be completed and mailed to the Department of Public Safety Records office at the address above. You must include the $15 background check fee as a check or money order only. 


DPS – Authorization for Release of Information

Click HERE for a list of criminal convictions that could disqualify an applicant from receiving a license or registration.


Please Note: Background checks will be processed by board staff every Friday.




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