(a) Commencing July 1, 2003, the board shall issue a license to practice embalming and funeral directing, which license shall be known as a funeral service license, to an applicant who meets the following requirements:
(1) Is of good moral character;
(2) Is eighteen years of age or over;
(3) Is a citizen of the United States or is eligible for employment in the United States;
(4) Holds a high school diploma or its equivalent;
(5) Has completed one of the education requirements for an embalmer's license, set out in subdivision (5), subsection (a), section eight of this article; and
(6) Has paid all the appropriate fees.
(b) A license to practice embalming and funeral directing issued by the board prior to July 1, 2003, shall for all purposes be considered a license issued under this section.
(c) A person holding a license to practice embalming and funeral directing issued prior to July 1, 2003, must after July 1, 2003, renew his or her license pursuant to the provisions of this section.
(d) After July 1, 2003, wherever the terms "license to practice embalming and funeral directing" or "embalming and funeral directing license" are used in the code, the term "funeral service license" shall apply.