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.
EMSA recommends anyone able to continue their initial or renewal license process to do so electronically via the online licensing system. Reinstatement applications must be received by mail.
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.
COVID-19: PARAMEDIC LICENSURE UPDATES
All March, April, May and June paramedic license expiration dates are now extended to July 31, 2020. This change will not affect cardholders regularly scheduled renewal cycles.
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 January 31, 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.
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.
Paramedic License Fee Increase
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, paramedic license application fees will increase by $25.00. The following is a list of the new fees:
Initial In-State Paramedic License Application: $275.00
Initial Out-of-State Paramedic License Application: $325.00
Initial Challenge Paramedic License Application: $325.00
Renewal Paramedic License Application: $225.00
Reinstatement Paramedic License Application: $275.00
- 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
Renewal Deadlines Table
Reinstatement (Lapsed License) Applications Requirements Table
- Live Scan Locations: Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Attorney General Website
- Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA)
- 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
PARAMEDIC TESTING – NREMT (National Registry of EMTs)
- National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) Information
- Contact NREMT
- NREMT NCCP
– California has not adopted the NCCP model yet; therefore, the NREMT “Traditional” recertification model remains available for California paramedics.
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)