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Emergency Medical Responder License Renewal FAQ
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This information, along with the online EMR Renewal Instructions and the EMS & Trauma Systems Section (OHA-EMS) website, is intended to assist EMS agencies and personnel by answering commonly asked questions about the Emergency Medical Responder license renewal process.

 


Q 1: My Oregon Emergency Medical Responder License expired June 30, 2014. How do I renew?

Q 2: What is the license renewal fee and appropriate late fee?

Q 3: Other people have received their PIN #s. Why haven’t I?

Q 4: What if I lost my Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

Q 5: I can’t find/don’t know my Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license number. Where can I find my license number?

Q 6: The website states that my Emergency Medical Responder license is “pending”. Why did I not receive my original Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license?

Q 7: The verification site does not have my name listed and I have been a Emergency Medical Responder for ( __ # of ) years. [Or] My Emergency Medical Responder license has an expiration date other than June 30, 2014. Why is this?

Q 8: What happens if I answer ‘yes’ to any of the personal history questions?

Q 9: If I answered ‘yes’ to one of the personal history questions on a previous Oregon EMS license or renewal form, do I need to answer ‘yes’ again?

Q 10: What if I have a criminal record?

Q 11: I currently live outside Oregon and paid for a fingerprint background check the last time I applied for licensure. Why do I need to submit another fingerprint card?

Q 12: What are the continuing education requirements for license renewal?

Q 13: I will not be able to complete the continuing education requirements prior to the May 1st deadline. Will I be able to renew prior to completing the requirements?

Q 14: I don't have a current CPR card and I am unable to enroll in a class until after June 30, 2014. Am I still eligible to renew?

Q 15: I took/am taking an EMT class since last licensed. Can those hours count towards my Emergency Medical Responder continuing education?

Q 16: I work in another medical field. Can the continuing education classes I take for my other job count towards my Emergency Medical Responder continuing education hours?

Q 17: I work outside Oregon and do not see my agency listed on the agency list. [Or] I am not affiliated with an Oregon EMS Agency at this time.

Q 18: I am currently on medical disability leave. Can I renew?

Q 19: I applied for license renewal, but I haven't received my new license. Now it’s past June 30, 2012 and my old license has expired. Am I allowed to work without my new license?

Q 20: I am thinking of not renewing my license this year. [Or] I will not be able to renew on time this year. What should I do if I let my license lapse and later decide to renew?

Q 21: Why am I getting an error message/security certificate message when I try to connect to the license renewal site? Is it safe to proceed and what should I do?


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Q 1: My Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license expired June 30, 2014. How do I renew?

OHA-EMS is conducting Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) License renewal online. Each State-licensed EMR was mailed a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You will need to apply online for license renewal and pay the appropriate and late fee. Once you complete your application, a continuing education audit packet will be mailed to you to complete. You must not represent yourself as a Emergency Medical Responder until this process is complete and you receive your new license.

Q 2: What is the license renewal fee and appropriate late fee?

The Emergency Medical Responder license renewal fee is $23.00 and must be paid online by Visa or MasterCard. If you applied after the May 1st deadline, the late fee is an additional $40.00.

Q 3: Other people have received their PIN #s. Why haven’t I?

Have you updated your mailing address with OHA-EMS? The US Post Office does not guarantee to forward mail. If you are unsure about what address OHA-EMS has on file, you may confirm or update your address when you are online completing your license renewal.

Q 4: What if I lost my Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

Pins will be mailed to the license holder to the address OHA-EMS has on file. You may request OHA-EMS to re-send your PIN by emailing a request in the Forget_Lost_Pin page.

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Q 5: I can’t find/don’t know my Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license number. Where can I find my license number?

You may find your license number by accessing the following link. Enter your name and you will be able to find your license number and status in the license verification page.

Q 6: The website states that my Emergency Medical Responder license is “pending”. Why did I not receive my original Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license?

Applicants may not be licensed for many reasons: incomplete application, failure to cooperate with an investigation, did not pay fees, etc. OHA-EMS attempts to contact these individuals, usually via written correspondence. For more information, please contact our office.

Q 7: The verification site does not have my name listed and I have been a Emergency Medical Responder for ( __ # of ) years. [Or] My Emergency Medical Responder card has an expiration date other than June 30, 2014. Why is this?

You may not have applied for State licensure after the July 2008 Oregon Administrative Rule changes. If this is the case, you will need to complete a current state-approved US DOT Emergency Medical Responder Course in order to apply for licensure.

Q 8: What happens if I answer ‘yes’ to any of the personal history questions?

If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more personal history question, or don’t answer the questions honestly, processing your application may take longer. In the remarks section of the online application, please provide a detailed written explanation for each ‘yes’ response. If necessary, a Prehospital Standards Representative will contact you for more information.

Q 9: If I answered ‘yes’ to one of the personal history questions on a previous Oregon EMS license or renewal form, do I need to answer ‘yes’ again?

If something has happened since you were last licensed, then you will need to check ‘yes’ and submit a written explanation. If the incident occurred prior to the last renewal period, was already reported to OHA-EMS and approved by the Oregon Health Authority, then you do not need to report it again. For information regarding reportable events, reference Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 333-265-0080 from this link:
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/rules/OARs_300/OAR_333/333_265.html or contact Professional Standard.

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Q 10: What if I have a criminal record?

Criminal records are reviewed by the Prehospital Standards Unit. If an investigation is opened, the applicant will be notified by a Prehospital Standards Representative.

Q 11: I currently live outside Oregon and paid for a fingerprint background check the last time I applied for licensure. Why do I need to submit another fingerprint card?

Background checks are being conducted on all renewing Emergency Medical Responders. OHA-EMS utilizes the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) for Oregon records. If you have been out of the state for 60 or more consecutive days since you last licensed, re-licensed, or you currently reside outside Oregon, OHA-EMS needs your fingerprints to conduct background checks/criminal history from other states.

The following is an example of people who DO NOT need to submit to a fingerprint background check:

1) If you submitted fingerprints to OHA-EMS previously and have not been out of the state for 60 or more consecutive days since that time, do not submit another fingerprint card.

2) If you work or attend school outside Oregon and return home each night to Oregon, this is considered a reasonable commute and you do not need to submit to a fingerprint card.

Q 12: What are the continuing education requirements for license renewal?

A detailed breakdown of the continuing education requirements, due by June 30, 2014.

Q 13: I will not be able to complete the continuing education requirements prior to the May 1st deadline. Will I be able to renew prior to completing the requirements?

No. You must have all of your continuing education completed prior to renewing your license. If you don’t complete your continuing education prior to June 30, 2014, you must pay the appropriate late fee and will undergo a continuing education audit before you are eligible for license renewal.

Q 14: I don't have a current CPR card and I am unable to enroll in a class until after June 30, 2014. Am I still eligible to renew?

No. You will need a current CPR card in order to renew. Acceptable CPR cards include the American Heart Association “Health Care Provider”, American Red Cross “Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer”, or other Division-approved CPR certificate.

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Q 15: I took/am taking an EMT class since last licensed. Can those hours count towards my Emergency Medical Responder continuing education?

Yes. You may use your EMT class hours as long as you meet the appropriate amount of continuing education hours and subject matter required. (See continuing education and Transition Requirements in Appendix 2.)

Q 16: I work in another medical field. Can the continuing education classes I take for my other job count towards my Emergency Medical Responder continuing education hours?

Some of these courses may qualify as long as they meet the subject-specific requirements. You may contact Moible Training Unit Coordinator, email mtu2@teleport.com or (503) 931-0659.

Q 17: I work outside Oregon and do not see my agency listed on the agency list. [Or] I am not affiliated with an Oregon EMS Agency at this time.

OHA-EMS maintains information on Oregon EMS agencies. If you work for an agency outside of Oregon, or are not currently affiliated with an EMS agency at this time, chose Oregon Unaffiliated from the agency list.

Q 18: I am currently on medical disability leave. Can I renew?

Yes. An Emergency Medical Responder who has a temporary physical disability, condition or injury may renew their license by meeting the educational and proficiency demonstrations. Please provide the EMS office with an explanation of the disability, condition or injury and meet the OAR and ORS reporting requirements found in OAR 333-265-0080.

The license holder may need to answer ‘yes’ to personal history question #1 and provide a written explanation regarding the physical impairment.

Q 19: I applied for license renewal, but I haven't received my new license. Now it’s past June 30, 2014 and my old license has expired. Am I allowed to work without my new license?

No. You are required to have a current Oregon Emergency Medical Responder license to work as an Emergency Medical Responder in Oregon. If you applied prior to May 1st, 2014, and have not received your license, contact the EMS office at (971) 673-0520. If you applied after May 1st, you will not be guaranteed a new license by June 30, 2014. Applications submitted prior to May 1st, 2014, will be processed first.

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Q 20: I am thinking of not renewing this year. [Or] I will not be able to renew on time this year. What should I do if I let my license lapse and later decide to renew?

Maintain your continuing education hours and current CPR certification. If you later decide to apply before July 1, 2015, you will be assessed a late fee in addition to the application fee. Additionally, an audit of your continuing education will be conducted prior to the approval of your license renewal application.

Q 21: Why am I getting an error message/security certificate message when I try to connect to the license renewal site? Is it safe to proceed and what should I do?

Many people are getting this or a similar message when initially logging on to the license renewal site. The security message differs according to your internet browser. The Emergency Medical Responder online license renewal site has a high security level and is assured to be completely safe.


When you see this message you should proceed by clicking ‘yes’ for Internet Explorer, ‘proceed anyway’ for Google Chrome, or ‘I understand the risks’ followed by ‘add exception’ for Firefox.

This will allow you to proceed past the security certificate and begin the license renewal process. Again, this is a very secure site.

 

Upon license renewal, each Emergency Medical Responder must maintain current CPR certification.

An initial license period is from the time the Division linceses an individual until June 30th of the next even-numbered year.

*If an Emergency Medical Responder’s initial license period is less than twenty three months but greater than 12 months, the Emergency Medical Responder must obtain all required hours of continuing education, in each category, in addition to an approved CPR renewal course.

**If an Emergency Medical Responder’s initial license period is twelve months, or less, but greater than 6 months, the Emergency Medical Responder must obtain at least 6 hours of continuing education, in addition to an approved CPR renewal course. This requires 50 percent of the credits/hours in each category.

If an Emergency Medical Responder's initial license period is less than six months, the Emergency Medical Responder does not need any additional hours of continuing education with the exception of a current CPR card.

These requirements are excerpted from OAR 333-265-0110.

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