Pre-Need Licensing and Certification Enforcement (PLACE)

Licensing pre-need services
PLACE Division Hotline: 877-203-3401

The Comptroller's Office is most often associated with the state's fiscal matters. One lesser known function is the licensure of certain private cemeteries that accept care funds, along with businesses, such as cemeteries and funeral homes that sell pre-need funeral goods and services to consumers. Specifically the division ensures consumer dollars collected by these businesses are placed in trust so they are available when consumers need them.

Q. Is the Comptroller’s office in charge of all Illinois cemeteries and funeral homes?
A.
No. The Illinois State Comptroller’s Office licenses certain private cemeteries that accept care funds, along with businesses, such as cemeteries and funeral homes that sell pre-need funeral goods and services to consumers.

Q. How does the Comptroller regulate those cemeteries and funeral homes that are licensed by the state?
A.
Cemeteries and funeral homes are licensed by the Comptroller after completing a series of background checks and financial disclosures. Licensed cemeteries and funeral homes are required to submit annual reports. The Comptroller’s office may perform periodic audits to see that care funds and money taken in from pre-need sales are being entrusted properly and in accordance with the Illinois statutes.