Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/14/2021

Part II. Application and Entry Requirements

18VAC47-20-20. Necessity for license and registration.

No person shall engage in the business of a cemetery company in the Commonwealth without first being issued a license by the board, unless exempt by Chapter 23.1 (§ 54.1-2310 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia. All sales personnel must be registered with the board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000.

18VAC47-20-30. Qualifications for cemetery company license.

A. Every person applying for a cemetery company license shall meet all of the requirements outlined in §§ 54.1-2311 and 54.1-2314 of the Code of Virginia as well as the additional qualifications of this section.

B. Each person applying for a cemetery company license and the principals of that firm shall disclose, at the time the application is submitted, any current or previous cemeteries managed in Virginia or in any other jurisdictions and any disciplinary actions taken against those cemeteries or the individuals managing them. This includes, but is not limited to, any monetary penalties, fines or disciplinary actions taken by any federal, state or local regulatory agencies.

C. In accordance with § 54.1-2314 of the Code of Virginia, each applicant shall disclose the following information about the cemetery company and any of the principals of the company:

1. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any felony or any crime of moral turpitude, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed.

2. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any misdemeanor within five years of the date the application is submitted.

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny approval of a cemetery application in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000.

18VAC47-20-35. Qualifications for compliance agents and designees.

A. Every applicant for compliance agent or designee shall have the following qualifications:

1. Be at least 18 years old;

2. Have two years experience in the cemetery business and have successfully completed a board approved training course; and

3. Be a full time employee of the cemetery company or is a principal.

B. The applicant shall disclose any current or previous licenses/registrations from Virginia or in any other jurisdictions, and any disciplinary actions taken against those licenses/registrations. This includes, but is not limited to, any monetary penalties, fines or disciplinary actions taken by any federal, state or local regulatory agencies. The board, at its discretion, may deny approval of the compliance agent or designee based upon disciplinary actions by any jurisdiction.

C. The applicant shall disclose any conviction or finding of guilt, regardless of adjudication, in any jurisdiction of the United States of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or any felony, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of conviction, finding or case decision shall be considered prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, at its discretion, may deny approval of the compliance agent or designee in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.

D. The applicant shall certify that he understands and will comply with all the laws of Virginia related to cemetery company licensure under the provisions of Chapter 23.1 (§ 54.1-2310 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2007.

18VAC47-20-40. Qualifications for registration of sales personnel.

A. Cemetery company sales personnel shall submit an application on a form prescribed by the board and shall meet the requirements set forth in § 54.1-2314 of the Code of Virginia, as well as the additional qualifications of this section.

B. Every applicant to the board for registration as sales personnel shall provide his name, address, the license number of the cemetery company he will be employed by or affiliated with, and the address of each cemetery for which he will act as sales personnel.

C. Each applicant for registration as sales personnel shall disclose, at the time the application is submitted, any current or previous cemetery sales licenses/registrations from Virginia or in any other jurisdictions, and any disciplinary actions taken against those licenses/registrations. This includes, but is not limited to, any monetary penalties, fines or disciplinary actions taken by any federal, state or local regulatory agencies.

D. Each applicant for registration as sales personnel shall disclose, at the time the application is submitted, the following information:

1. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any felony or any crime of moral turpitude, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed.

2. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any misdemeanor within five years of the date the application is submitted.

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may refuse registration of a sales personnel application in accordance with § 54.1-2314 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000.

18VAC47-20-50. Concurrent registration permitted; transfer of sales personnel registration prohibited.

A. Sales personnel may be employed by or affiliated with more than one cemetery company provided that a separate registration is obtained for each such employment or affiliation.

B. A sales personnel registration may not be transferred from one licensed cemetery company to another. The registration is void if the registrant is no longer affiliated with the cemetery company indicated on the original application for registration.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000.

18VAC47-20-60. Qualifications of trustees.

A. The trustee of a perpetual care trust fund or a preneed trust fund, other than a Virginia trust company or trust subsidiary or a federally insured bank or savings institution doing business in the Commonwealth, must meet the requirements of this section and shall be governed by § 54.1-2318 of the Code of Virginia.

B. The trustee applicant shall be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of five years experience either as an individual trustee or as an agent for a firm responsible for the management of a trust.

C. Each trustee or trust firm, or both, shall provide information for the 10 years prior to the submission of the application on any outstanding judgments, outstanding tax obligations, and/or defaults on any bonds directly related to the management of the trust. If the trustee firm or its parent or predecessor organization has, during the previous 10 years, been adjudicated a bankrupt or has any proceeding for the relief of debtors, such fact or facts shall be stated.

D. Each trust firm and principals of the firm shall disclose, at the time the application is submitted, any current or previous trusts managed in Virginia or in other jurisdictions, and any disciplinary actions taken against these trusts, the trust company, or the individuals managing the trusts. This includes, but is not limited to, any monetary penalties, fines or disciplinary actions taken by any federal, state or local regulatory agencies.

E. The trustee must meet the bonding requirements set forth in §§ 54.1-2317 and 54.1-2326 of the Code of Virginia as applicable.

F. In accordance with §§ 54.1-2317 and 54.1-2326 of the Code of Virginia, each trustee shall disclose the following information about the trust firm or principals of the firm:

1. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any felony;

2. A conviction in any jurisdiction of any misdemeanor within five years of the date the application is submitted.

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this chapter. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny approval of a trustee application in accordance with § 54.1-2317 or § 54.1-2326 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2313 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000.

18VAC47-20-70. Application fees.

Application fees are nonrefundable.

Cemetery company license

$580 per cemetery

Addition of cemetery

$580 per cemetery

Sales personnel registration

$60 per cemetery

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2311 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 13, eff. April 12, 2000; Errata, 16:14 VA.R. 1911 March 27, 2000; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2006; Volume 30, Issue 10, eff. March 1, 2014.

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