Member Categories

Regular Membership

Regular membership is available to any funeral firm licensed by the State of New York. Regular Members shall be entitled to all privileges of membership. Each Regular Member will designate a licensed and registered funeral director, either an owner or employee of the firm, who shall vote on behalf of the firm and can hold elective office.

Affiliate Membership

Funeral directors, undertakers, embalmers or residents licensed by the State of New York who are owners, managers, or paid employees of a firm or corporation which is a Regular Member firm of this Association or who are providing trade services to a Regular Member firm and the trade service is not a funeral firm licensed by the State of New York, shall be eligible for an Affiliate Membership upon the approval of the Regular Member firm with which the funeral director or embalmer is affiliated. Affiliate Members shall be entitled to all privileges of membership except holding elected office and voting. Should an Affiliate Member cease to be affiliated with a Regular Member firm as an owner, manager, or paid employee, the Affiliate Membership in the Association shall terminate. Should a trade service Affiliate Member commence providing trade services from a funeral firm licensed by the State of New York, the Affiliate Membership in the Association shall terminate.

Contributing or Sustaining Membership

These additional payments represent a voluntary gift to NYSFDA; Contributing and Sustaining Members are listed periodically in the monthly newsletter.

Legacy Membership

Individuals who had their membership in NYSFDA terminated due to their relationship as an owner, manager, partner or employee of a Regular Firm member ending is eligible for Legacy Membership if that individual is a licensed funeral director, undertaker or embalmer and is not an owner, manager, partner, or employee of any licensed funeral firm. Legacy Members are entitled to all privileges of membership except holding elected office and voting.

Student & Resident Membership

All mortuary science students and residents registered with the NYS Department of Health. Student and resident members may not hold office nor are they eligible to vote. Student & Resident members receive a monthly newsletter, free or reduced continuing education, free registration to the NYSFDA Annual Convention, free NYS Law Book, and free "seeking residency" ad on the website. Click here to download the Student Membership Application.


Who Can Join?

Membership in NYSFDA is open to any funeral firm licensed by the State of New York, and includes all funeral directors, undertakers, embalmers and registered residents of that firm who are similarly licensed by New York State. 


How Do I Join?

Become a member of the nation's oldest Funeral Director associations. Click here to learn more, or contact NYSFDA at 518.452.8230 or info@nysfda.org.