Oklahoma is taking the idea of cradle-to-grave government services to a new level.

The state's Funeral Board recently released a new application allowing funeral directors and embalmers to renew their licenses online at www.okfuneral.com beginning Nov. 1.

Much like online driver’s license renewal, the system will streamline and Web-enable processes for funeral directors and embalmers. The project is a collaboratiion between the Oklahoma Office of State Finance and Oklahoma Interactive, an arm of e-government firm NIC.

“Implementing this system should provide a way to expedite the process for funeral directors and embalmers to renew their licenses with the state,” said Oklahoma Funeral Board Past President Jim Parks in a statement. “The new online license renewal process greatly reduces the amount of time required to administer the license renewal process.”

During the next license renewal cycle, the Oklahoma Funeral Board expects most funeral board and embalmer licensees to renew online, which will save time when compared with the previously paper-intensive process. According to the press release, a typical online renewal takes about five minutes to complete, and licensees can print verification of the licensure renewal at the end of the process. In conjunction with their license renewal, a licensee will be able to enter and track continuing education credits, as well as update contact information. After the online renewal is complete and approved, the Oklahoma Funeral Board will update the applicant’s license record and issue a wallet card.