The State of California requires all persons that provide paramedic level scope of practice emergency medical services to obtain a valid state issued paramedic license.
UPDATE: Paramedic Renewals* (non-audit, no new disclosures) are now processed same-day via the Online Licensing System! Submit your Renewal Application today. Click the icon below!
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*Lapsed License/Reinstatement applications are not currently accepted through the online licensing system and must be submitted by mail. Visit our Forms page to download the Reinstatement Application.
All licensure fees are Non-Refundable.
- Central Registry (Verify a paramedic license or EMT, AEMT, Lay-Person Epinephrine Certification)
- Forms (Applications, Name Change, etc.)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Online Licensing Information
JULY 1, 2021 PARAMEDIC LICENSE FEE INCREASE
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, paramedic license application fees will increase by $25.00. The following is a list of the new fees:
Initial In-State Paramedic License Application: $300.00
Initial Out-of-State Paramedic License Application: $350.00
Initial Challenge Paramedic License Application: $350.00
Renewal Paramedic License Application: $250.00
Reinstatement Paramedic License Application: $300.00
COVID-19: PARAMEDIC LICENSURE UPDATES
The California EMS Authority (EMSA) Licensure unit remains operational during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) statewide emergency. We are committed to providing graduates and licensees continued licensure services.
Governor Newsom’s Executive Order dated March 30, 2020, allows EMSA to suspend statutory and regulatory requirements for EMS Personnel to ensure the continued operation of emergency medical systems during the COVID-19 outbreak. EMSA Director Dr. Dave Duncan has adopted a policy regarding EMS licensure, certification, and training to implement the Executive Order.
All Active-Restricted temporary paramedic license expiration dates have been extended to June 30, 2021. Please provide proof of successful completion of the NREMT paramedic level psychomotor skills exam as soon as possible to ensure timely processing of a permanent 2-year standard paramedic license.
- Initial and reinstatement applicants unable to take the NREMT paramedic level psychomotor examination due to the national COVID-19 pandemic, may provide one of the following to receive a temporary Active-Restricted paramedic license:- proof of active NREMT provisional certification; or
– proof of successfully passing the NREMT written (knowledge) exam; or
– proof of successfully passing the NREMT written Assessment (knowledge) exam.
- Active-Restricted paramedic license cardholders are required to submit proof of successfully passing the NREMT skills psychomotor exam to EMSA no later than June 30, 2021. This date may be extended based on examination availability.
- If an Active-Restricted paramedic license cardholder does not provide proof of successfully passing the NREMT skills psychomotor exam by the EMSA-established deadline, the license status will change to inactive.
- Active-Restricted paramedic licensees will not be issued paramedic cards. Verification of their license status may be printed and viewed online through the Central Registry Public Look-Up.
- Although some Live Scan facilities have closed, many remain open or are offering remote Live Scan services. Please visit the CA Department of Justice website. For updated information regarding Live Scan facility availability and locations.
- Please continue to check the NREMT website through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians COVID-19 Updates for examination and certification information.
- Initial In-State (California Graduates) Paramedic License Application Packet
- Initial Out-of-State Paramedic Application Packet
- Initial Challenge Paramedic Application Packet [Physicians, RN’s, Physician Assistants, and MICN’s ONLY]
- Lapsed License Reinstatement Lapsed Less Than One Year Application Packet
- Lapsed License Reinstatement Lapsed One Year or More Application Packet
- Renewal Paramedic Application Packet
- AUDIT Renewal Paramedic Application Packet
ADDITIONAL PARAMEDIC INFORMATION
– California has not adopted the NCCP model yet; therefore, the NREMT “Traditional” recertification model remains available for California paramedics.
PARAMEDIC TESTING – NREMT (National Registry of EMTs)
PARAMEDIC TRAINING PROGRAMS and CONTINUING EDUCATION
- CAPCE (formerly CECBEMS) Approved Continuing Education Courses/Providers Important notice: Paramedics must provide their state paramedic license number upon registering for CAPCE courses to ensure state approval of CE credits.
- LEMSA Approved local and online NREMT Transition Courses [PDF]
- Paramedic Training Programs
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) – Paramedic Program Accreditation
- Department of Consumer Affairs – Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education
REINSTATEMENT (LAPSED LICENSE) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
- Live Scan Locations: Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Attorney General Website
- Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)
RENEWAL AND LATE FEE ASSESSMENT DEADLINES
OTHER PARAMEDIC INFORMATION
- Community Paramedicine
- Local Optional Scope of Practice
- Paramedics Deployed to California on Mutual Aid
- Out of State Mutual Aid Form
- Mutual Aid FAQ’s
- Trial Studies
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Paramedic Page – Contact Information:
Paramedic Mailing Address:
California Emergency Medical Services Authority
Paramedic Licensure Program
10901 Gold Center Drive, Ste. 400
Rancho Cordova, CA. 95670-6073
Phone: 916-323-9875 / 916-324-2875(fax)