Authorization is needed to be in compliance with Maryland law when performing a disinterment.
Disinterment Publication Requirements
In accordance with the Criminal Law Article, Section 10-402, Annotated Code of Maryland, the following must be complied with prior to authorization for the State’s Attorney to disinter and reinter remains:
- Publish Notice in Newspaper
Person requesting authorization must publish notice of the proposed relocation in a newspaper in the County where the present burial site is located. Cost of notice to be at the expense of the persons requesting an authorization, i.e. family, organization, etc.
- Statement that authorization to disinter is being requested from the State’s Attorney
- Purpose for which the authorization is being requested (why disinterring)
- Location of the proposed burial site to include specific lot number or parcel number, if available. If burial site is unmarked/undocumented, the person requesting authorization must designate the location and boundaries of site (from which remains to be removed).
- Name of deceased
- Send a Copy of the Notice to the State's Attorney Office Send a copy of the notice to the State's Attorney Office.
- State's Attorney Office Will Authorize Disinterment State's Attorney Office will authorize disinterment no earlier than 15 days after publication. Notwithstanding, Criminal Law Article, §10-402 may not be construed to delay, prohibit or otherwise limit State’s Attorney authorization for removal.
Disinterment, Transfer and Reinterment Authorization Forms
To obtain authorization to move human remains from one cemetery in Baltimore County to another, complete the forms below and mail them to Room 511.
- Application for Funeral Homes (PDF)—Request the disinterment and reinterment of a body.
- Application for Family Requests (PDF)—A witness is needed when completing this form for requesting disinterment of a family member without using a funeral home as a liaison.