Initial License Application Requirements
Applicants for an initial license must meet the requirements for licensure in Oregon outlined in
ORS 682 and
Reciprocity: Individuals who are already licensed in another state, and are currently certified through NREMT, do not qualify for an initial license. However, these individuals may qualify for reciprocity. Further information about reciprocity can be found on the OHA-EMS
The minimum required verification and/or documentation for all initial applicants is listed below. The documentation will be uploaded as part of the online application process.
- Current certification from National Registry (NREMT) (not required for EMR or EMT-Intermediate)
- Current CPR certification at the AHA Healthcare or BLS Provider level (or equivalent); courses must include didactic, skill performance and evaluation
- Current government ID (driver's license, military ID or passport)
Paramedics who apply for an initial license are required to submit proof of an associate's degree or higher, or proof of active employment as a paramedic for at least two out of the past five years. Employment must include advanced life support, first response paramedic experience in either another state or the U.S. Military and the NREMT-P level. Degree verification must be an official transcript or official letter from an accredited education institution. Degree diplomas will not be accepted. Submission of employment verification must be an official letter from your employer with letterhead, signature and contact details.
EMTs, AEMTs, Oregon EMT-Intermediates, and Transitional Paramedics who apply for an initial license are required to submit proof of a High School diploma (or equivalency).
Background Checks: All initial applicants must submit an FBI fingerprint-based national background check. Fingerprinting services are provided by Fieldprint, which will require a separate charge. Fingerprint instructions and fee information for this service will be included in the online application process.
Starting December 1, 2023, Paramedics wishing to apply for a license in Oregon who do not have an associate degree or higher, or active employment as a paramedic for two of the past five years, can apply with a current NREMT-P certificate. This Transitional Paramedic license is valid for 24 months, with one opportunity to renew for an additional 24 months. Transitional paramedic licensees must obtain an associate degree or higher within 48 months and be sponsored by a licensed, transporting Oregon Ambulance Service.
Transitional Paramedic FAQ
Initial Licensure Fees
EMR - $45.00
EMT - $110.00
AEMT - $125.00
Oregon EMT-Intermediate - $125.00
Paramedic - $290.00
Transitional Paramedic - $350.00
Oregon eLicense Online Application
Use the Oregon eLicense Portal to establish an account and apply for Oregon EMS licensure.
Go to eLicense