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Oregon Health Authority's Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program licenses these professionals in the state of Oregon:

  • Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Advanced EMT (AEMT)
  • EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I)
  • Paramedics

Oregon Licensing Information

Initial License Application Requirements

Applicants for an initial license must meet the requirements for licensure in Oregon outlined in ORS 682 and OAR 333-265.​

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 Reciprocity webpage​. 

Required Documents​

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)
  • 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 three of the past five years. 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, and EMT-Intermediates who apply for an initial license are required to submit proof of a High School diploma (or equivalency). 

Background Checks: As of January 1, 2018, 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.  

Active duty military or individuals who were discharged in the last 180 days and who are requesting reciprocity in the State of Oregon may be able waive the fingerprint-based background check by submitting active orders or a DD214.

Oregon eLicense Online Application

Use the Oregon eLicense Portal to establish an account and apply for Oregon EMS licensure.

Go to eLicense

Initial License Fees

EMR - $45.00

EMT - $110.00

AEMT - $125.00

Oregon EMT-Intermediate - $125.00

Paramedic - $290.00



If an emergency medical service provider has been on active military duty for more than six months of a renewal period which prevented them from accessing continuing education, OHA-EMS may approve an extension of the current license to permit obtaining the required educational hours.

If you need to request a military extension submit your request to: EMS.PSU@state.or.us

Emergency Medical Service providers who have an expired Oregon license may qualify for reinstatement.  For full reinstatement requirements, please refer to the EMS Provider Reinstatement Matrix.pdf .

EMR licenses that expired June 30, 2018 will be eligible for reinstatement through June 30, 2019, but will require the applicat to:

​EMT, AEMT, EMT-I and Paramedic licenses that expired June 30, 2017 will be eligible for reinstatement through June 30, 2018, but will require the applicant to:

EMT, AEMT, EMT-I and Paramedic licenses expired past June 30, 2018 will be eligible for reinstatement through June 30, 2019, but will require the applicant to:





​OHA-EMS may allow an out-of-state EMS provider to obtain a temporary Oregon license in order to assist with emergency medical needs of staff on wildland fire response teams.

In order to be eligible for a temporary, restricted Oregon license, the EMS provider must be actively licensed and in good standing in another state and must also hold a current certification from the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).

Further information on the application and approval process may be found in the document below:

For more information, contact Leslie.D.Huntington@state.or.us or OHA-EMS at 971-673-0520.

​Initial and reciprocity applicants:

As of January 1, 2018, all initial and reciprocity applicants must submit a FBI fingerprint-based national background check.

Renewal applicants:

All renewal license applications require a criminal history background check.  

  • Oregon residents who have not lived or been outside the state for more than 60 consecutive days in last 5 years, or since last licensed will be run through Oregon's Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS)
  • Non-Oregon residents or applicants who have been outside the state for more than 60 consecutive days in last 5 years, or since last licensed must submit a FBI fingerprint-based national background check.
  • Fingerprint information (How to obtain and submit electronic fingerprints)

​Visit the Oregon Reciprocity page for reciprocity application requirements.

Resources

Mailing Address

EMS & Trauma Systems Program
800 NE Oregon Street
Suite 305
Portland, OR 97232

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