Filing a Consumer Complaint
Prepaid Funeral Contract Sellers
Any entity selling prepaid funeral benefit contracts must be licensed by the Banking Department. Any complaints concerning the preneed contract should be directed to our attention.
Step 1: File a Consumer Complaint
Complete the Special Audits Consumer Complaint Form or draft a letter of complaint. The complaint should include the name and office location of the entity. It should explain the problem in a simple, chronological narrative, making sure to include names and dates. Be specific and as brief as possible. Make legible photocopies of any documentary evidence which supports your claim and include them with the complaint. Do not send originals.
Mail the complaint to:
Texas Department of Banking
Special Audits Division
2601 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78705-4294
Toll free#: (877) 276-5554 or
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Complaint Resolution
If the matter is in litigation or if a court has made a ruling, the Banking Department will not intervene. Once your complaint is received, a copy of the complaint and any documentation are sent along with a cover letter from the Special Audits Division to the appropriate contact person for the supervised entity. The Banking Department allows 30 days from the date the complaint is mailed for the entity to respond.
The entity responds directly to the consumer with a copy to the Banking Department. After a response is received, a determination is made if more information is necessary to effectively resolve the complaint. If necessary, we pursue obtaining such from the entity, the consumer, Banking Department personnel, outside resources, etc.
If the review indicates the entity is violating current statutes, written notice is provided to the entity outlining the Banking Department's conclusions along with a request for corrective action. The entity is provided an additional two weeks to provide more information and review further their records and resolve the situation.
Within 10 days of receipt of the entity's response which provides resolution of the situation in the opinion of Banking Department personnel, a letter is sent to the consumer explaining the entity's response. If the consumer is unsatisfied with the resolution, he/she may seek further assistance from the Banking Department or private legal counsel.
If an issue has been raised which may merit follow-up at an examination, the appropriate examiner will be notified.
Insurance Policies and Products
The Texas Department of Insurance regulates all insurance products. A complaint concerning an insurance policy sold in conjunction with a preneed funeral contract should be sent to their offices. The complaint form found in this web site can be used.
Texas Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 149104
Austin, Texas 78714-9104
The Department of Insurance can be reached toll free at (800) 252-3439.
Funeral Services or Establishments
The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates and licenses funeral establishments and funeral directors. This agency is responsible for the funeral home facilities, at-need arrangements, funeral services, and funeral director behavior. The complaint form found in this web site can be used to file a complaint with this agency concerning these type items.
Texas Funeral Service Commission
P.O. Box 12217
Austin, Texas 78711
The Texas Funeral Service Commission can be reached toll free at (888) 667-4881.