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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department Of Health
Chapter 550. Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records
2/25/2021

12VAC5-550-430. Disinterment permits.

A. Unless so ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, a body shall not be disinterred for removal or transportation until an application for disinterment has been submitted to the city or county registrar or to the State Registrar.

B. The city or county registrar at the place from which disinterment is to be made shall issue a disinterment permit in triplicate. One copy shall be retained by the funeral service licensee to whom issued, one copy filed with the sexton or person in charge of the cemetery in which disinterment is to be made, and one copy to be used during transportation and filed with the sexton or person in charge of the cemetery of reinterment. The State Registrar may issue a letter of authorization in lieu of individual permits when numbers of bodies are to be moved in one operation from the same place of disinterment to the same place of reinterment.

C. A disinterment permit shall not be required if a body is to be disinterred and reinterred in the same cemetery; however, the sexton or other person in charge of the cemetery shall establish a record relative to the facts of disinterment and reinterment within the cemetery.

D. A body kept in a receiving vault shall not be regarded as a disinterred body until after expiration of 30 days.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-250 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-29-100 § 10.9, eff. April 1, 1995; amended, Volume 19, Issue 26, eff. October 8, 2003.

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